Springville man pleads guilty to manslaughter in road rage incident

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Springville man pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection to a road rage incident in East Concord last year, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

On Nov. 29, 39-year-old Mario Garcia was involved in a road rage encounter with another driver, 64-year-old Andrew Mikula, of Lancaster, while driving on Route 240. Mikula pulled over and Garcia followed behind the victim’s truck.

Mikula exited his vehicle and walked toward Garcia’s truck when Garcia “recklessly” hit Mikula with his vehicle. He died at the scene and Garcia drove home after the incident before calling 911.

Garcia faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years when he is sentenced on June 5. He was held without bail pending the sentence.

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