TPD Arrests Driver From Pursuit That Left Woman Dead

Mar 31, 2021

Police arrested 23-year-old Jose Alan Lara-Garcia on Tuesday evening.
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

Tulsa Police have arrested a man who drove into the Arkansas River during a Monday early morning pursuit, a crash that left a woman dead.

Jose Alan Lara-Garcia, 23, was arrested Tuesday evening and booked into the Tulsa County Jail on charges including first-degree manslaughter.

Police say they tried to stop him for reckless driving near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue on Monday, but he took off west on 61st, losing control at Riverside and driving into the river.

On Tuesday morning, a police dive team recovered the body of a woman who was in the car, 19-year-old Nathaly Medina. Police questioned Lara-Garcia Monday after he was evaluated at a hospital but released him.

Another man in the car was injured and taken to the hospital.