Driver dead on the scene

Just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, Montgomery County dispatchers received a report of a major accident on Riverwalk Drive.

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An off-duty deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, who was working an extra job as security in the subdivision, heard the dispatch and went to the crash site, arriving within two-minutes.

She notified dispatchers that only one vehicle was involved and the driver appeared to be deceased. Firefighters and medics reached the scene soon after and confirmed the driver was beyond help.

Trooper Martin, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the 2009 Nissan Versa was eastbound in the 19500 block of Riverwalk Drive at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, skidded sideways and struck a tree, killing him instantly. A partially filled open container of alcohol was found in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Jason Aaron Garcia, 20, of Porter.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

The Porter Fire Department spent almost 20 minutes removing Garcia from the mangled mess, while the MCSO provided traffic control.

A nearby resident said cars “race up and down the street,” running stop signs on a regular basis, adding that it was nice having “real police” in the neighborhood instead of security guards. Unfortunately, he said, off-duty police currently hired to protect Riverwalk will soon be replaced by a private security firm.

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