Road suspect pleads innocent
A Reno man pleaded innocent last Thursday to multiple felony charges stemming from a fatal road rage incident on Interstate 80 earlier last month.
Matthew Neil Marbach, 31, of Reno, faces multiple felony charges for his alleged involvement in an automobile accident on July 14 near the state line that killed Reno resident Raymond Garcia, 53, and injured his wife, 51-year-old Susan Garcia.
Charges include: one count of felony vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony hit and run, two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon (that weapon being an automobile), and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving resulting in bodily injury.
In addition to entering a plea, Marbach’s attorney Thomas Gill, of Vallejo, asked for a reduction in bail, which was originally set at $50,000, or that his client be released on his own recognizance.
Bail was reduced to $5,000 and a felony conference was scheduled for Sept. 3 at 8:30 a.m.
Marbach posted bail later that day.
The incident in question began, when for reasons unknown, Garcia and Marbach became involved in a “mutual combat situation,” taking turns swerving towards one another while heading westbound on Interstate 80, said California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Bromell.
The crash occurred three miles west of the state line when Marbach reportedly struck Garcia’s vehicle, causing him to lose control, the CHP reports states.
Garcia was killed instantly after his 1987 Isuzu pickup plunged over the side of the road into a ditch filled with boulders.
His wife sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Washoe Medical Center.
Marbach reportedly fled after the accident, however, witnesses provided a license plate number, as well as a vehicle and suspect description, which led to Marbach’s arrest at his Reno home two hours later, Bromell said.
If convicted, Marbach could face up to six years in prison.
Marbach’s attorney, Thomas Gill, declined comment at this time.
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