Police Recover Woman's Body From Arkansas River Day After Pursuit And Crash

Mar 30, 2021

Tulsa Police recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman from the Arkansas River on Tuesday morning following a Monday morning pursuit that ended with a car in the river.
Credit Tulsa Police

A Tulsa Police dive team recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman on Tuesday morning, the day after a pursuit ended with a car crashing into the Arkansas River at 61st Street.

Police found the woman around 9 a.m. on Tuesday close to where the car went into the water. She has been identified as Nathaly Medina. She would have turned 20 on Wednesday.

TPD said calmer conditions and receding water helped them find Medina's body.

Police are now looking for the driver of the car, 23-year-old Jose Alan Lara-Garcia. TPD says officers tried to stop Lara-Garcia around 3 a.m. Monday for driving recklessly around 61st Street and Peoria Avenue, but he fled west on 61st Street.

TPD says Lara-Garcia lost control of his car, shot through the intersection, grazed a pole and flew into the river.

Lara-Garcia was arrested, but police released him after he was evaluated at a hospital and questioned. A man in the car found unresponsive in the water remains hospitalized.

Now that Medina's body has been found, TPD want to arrest Lara-Garcia for first-degree manslaughter. According to police, he was not wanted before Monday's early morning pursuit.

The medical examiner will determine Medina's exact cause of death.