Brother and Sister Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident by Man Who Allegedly Ran Away from the Police

Jené Liebenberg
May 05, 2021
10:50 A.M.
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Siblings Philip and Precious Nievas were driving a Toyota Camry when an 18-year-old man crashed into them while running from authorities. 


California natives Philip and Precious Nievas were on their home from work when a male allegedly slammed into them while in the process of fleeing from the police. The crash resulted in the death of the brother and sister. 

The 18-year-old suspect, Robert Joseph Garcia, is reported to have been driving a Honda Accord at the time of the fatal crash, while the Nievas siblings were in a Toyota Camry. 

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Philip and Precious were driving to their home in West San Jose on the night of April 26 when they suffered the massive hit from the Honda Accord that took both of their lives. Henry K. Lee reported the following on Twitter: 

"Man & woman in Toyota Camry killed near Lawrence Expy & Mitty Way when they were hit by Honda Accord whose driver refused to stop for @SCCoSheriff & ran red, per @SanJosePD."

Garcia and the 17-year-old passenger in his vehicle both sustained serious injuries. The driver broke his back and clavicle during the accident and was transported to a hospital to receive medical attention. 



The circumstances leading up to the fatal accident include Garcias running over a red light which resulted in his vehicle broadsiding the Nievas' car. The Toyota was pushed 250 feet before it slammed into a wall and collapsed on its side. 

The Chevrolet crashed into the railing on the highway and closed off the third lane. 

The police stated that Garcias and his passenger were initially arrested, facing multiple charges including evading an officer, gross vehicular manslaughter and more. 



After Philip and Precious were pronounced dead on the scene and an investigation was carried out by the authorities, the charges that Garcias faces have been changed. 

According to the complaint, the 18-year-old suspect now faces two counts of murder for allegedly using a dangerous weapon, namely his car, in a manner to cause harm and damage.  



California has been littered with accidents recently as another accident occurred earlier this week, which resulted in one death and one victim sustaining life-threatening injuries. 

The Oakland office of the California Highway Patrol reported that the driver of one of the vehicles, a Chevrolet, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, the suspect was not injured. 

The crash also involved a Honda. Authorities found that the Chevrolet crashed into the railing on the highway and closed off the third lane when it was struck by the second vehicle. 

The Chevrolet passenger was standing outside the vehicle when the collision occurred and was struck when the vehicle was pushed forward, resulting in loss of life.