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PUYALLUP, Wash. — A father is looking for justice after a suspected drunk driver nearly took the life of five family members.

Eleven-year-old Anhy-Eli Garza is home recovering in her Puyallup bedroom.

Prosecutors say the little girl and four other members of her family were nearly killed when an alleged drunken driver hit them Friday night, just down the road from their home.

The father, Chris Garza, says he swerved to try to avoid the impact of the crash.  Everyone was able to get out of the car except for Chris and Anhy — they were trapped by the steering wheel and seat belts.

Witnesses told police the suspected drunken driver tried to leave the scene.  Court documents say when police arrived, they noted the suspect’s speech was slurred and his eyes were watery and bloodshot.  The suspect says he had two beers at a local bar.

Anhy’s family is grateful to have her home and little Anhy is hoping others can learn a valuable lesson.

Mark Bachner, 40, was charged with vehicular assault Monday.  His bail was set at $15,000 and he was released Monday night. The Garza family is asking anyone who witnessed the accident to please come forward and make a report.


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  • Davies

    Stop calling drunk driving crashes “accidents”. They are not. They are attempted murder with a lethal weapon. What is the difference from taking a loaded gun onto a city sidewalk and indiscriminately firing a round at chest level down the sidewalk and getting behind the wheel of a car on a random highway and driving? I know a family that lost their son to a convicted drunk driving murderer and he is out walking the streets today and having a good ‘ole time while the family still grieves for their son. Our perception of these crimes won’t change until we decide to change our view on this subject. Call these crashes what they are! Unless of course you have no courage and participate in drunk driving as well.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    what was the bail for ? hell keep the drunk in jail , he must start going to weekly AA meetings no license for two years and yes it is no accident with drunks . they knew what they were doing so wake them up no bail for drunks .