Driver who plowed into crowd outside White Sox game gets 4½-year sentence

Candelarious Garcia and the vehicle he was driving. (IDOC, Chicago Fire Department)

CHICAGO — A man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for plowing his car into a group of people outside a White Sox game last June. After receiving the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction and credits earned in jail, Condelarious Garcia is expected to be released in a little more than seven months.

Garcia, 21, was driving on a suspended license when he sped into a group of people who were crossing 35th Street outside Guaranteed Rate Field around 6:20 p.m. on June 20, 2023, officials said. A 64-year-old man struck by the car flew into the air and landed headfirst in Garcia’s sunroof, according to prosecutors.

Dashcam video from a police squad car recorded footage of the 64-year-old’s legs and feet sticking out of Garcia’s sunroof as he tried to get away from police. State troopers forced Garcia’s car to crash into the center divider of the Dan Ryan Expressway, which disabled his Acura and allowed first responders to rescue the victim, prosecutors said last year.

According to police, Garcia fled the scene with a man still wedged in the sunroof and three other passengers in his car. Three other victims were also thrown into the air and injured: a 51-year-old woman and two men in their mid-20s. The woman and one of the men were critically injured, officials said.

Garcia pleaded guilty to four counts of failure to report an accident involving injury in March. Late last week, Judge Ursula Walowski merged the four counts into one and handed him a 4½-year sentence. Garcia managed to accrue 606 days of credit toward his prison sentence during the one year he spent in jail following his arrest, according to court records.

He arrived at the Stateville Correctional Center yesterday.

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