Driver arrested in crash that killed Moultrie family

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By: Associated Press
July 19, 2017

James Geoffrey Dameron / Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators have arrested a man suspected of causing a crash that killed a Georgia family on their way to Walt Disney World to celebrate their daughter's first birthday.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said in a news release that 26-year-old James Geoffrey Dameron was taken into custody Tuesday following a traffic stop in Palm Beach County.

Montes says troopers received a tip on Monday that led to Dameron's arrest.

Investigators have been searching for Dameron since the September 2015 crash that killed 23-year-old Thomas Garza, 20-year-old Lillian Luna and their daughter Brianna, all from Moultrie, Georgia.

Dameron was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash. He faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide.

Records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
September 9, 2015

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- The man accused of causing a crash that killed a Moultrie family has a criminal history.

In June, James Dameron was arrested in Orlando for possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest. His driving record lists thirteen traffic tickets, most of them for speeding.

On September 6th, Dameron allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Florida's Turnpike in Lake County, causing it to overturn and catch on fire. 23-year-old Thomas Garza, 20-year-old Lillian Luna, and their one-year-old daughter, Brianna, were killed in the crash.

Charges against Dameron are pending.


By: Lanetra Bennett
September 8, 2015

MOULTRIE, Ga. -- We're hearing for the first time from the loved ones of a Moultrie couple killed in a car crash. The couple's one-year-old daughter was also killed in the wreck on Florida's Turnpike.

The sound of rain and sobbing echoed through the tin shed at the Luna household in Moultrie Tuesday afternoon.

Candles and crosses are also there in honor of 23-year-old Thomas Garza, 20-year-old Lillian Luna, and their one-year-old daughter, Brianna.

Luna's mother, Lidia Luna, cried as she expressed her feelings in Spanish. Her daughter, translated, "There's a lot of pain in her heart for all three of them."

The couple and child died in a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Central Florida around 4:20 Sunday morning. The Highway Patrol says an SUV rear-ended their car, which caused it to overturn on its side and catch on fire.

Luna's cousin, Nancy Luna, says, "I wanted it not to be true. They called me and let me know what was going on. I was praying to God it was not true."

Troopers say Brianna died at the hospital, and say her parents died at the scene and were badly burned.

Elataly Luna, Luna's sister, says, "She was always there when I needed her. She loved Thomas and she loved her baby."

Garza's brother, Gabriel Garza, says, "He was a good guy and I want everyone to know that. He was the best brother, you know. I will always remember him."

Nancy Luna says, "We need justice. We're not bad people -- not a one-year-old."

Translating her mother's words, Elataly Luna, says, "She says, she wishes somebody can tell her that, how is it that's she's gonna cope with losing all three."

FHP says charges are pending against the 24-year-old driver of the SUV. The victims' family members say they believe charges should be filed.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News/Associated Press
September 7, 2015

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Moultrie couple and their infant daughter were killed in a crash on the Florida Turnpike Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say 23-year-old Thomas Garza, 20-year-old Lillian Luna and their 1-year-old Daughter Brianna Garza were killed in the crash.

According to FHP, their 2001 Nissan Maxima was rear-ended before overturning on its side and catching on fire around 4:20 a.m. Sunday.

The elder Garza and Luna died at the scene. Infant Brianna died at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said Garza and Luna's bodies were so badly burned that dental records were needed to identify them.

FHP says charges are pending against 24-year-old James Dameron of Orlando. Dameron was driving the other vehicle involved in the crash and was treated for minor injuries.

Alcohol was not believed to have played a role in the crash. The crash remains under investigation at this time.


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