Woman says fianc had seatbelt on

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By David Giuliani

The fiancée of a man who died after a car accident on Sunday says she wants all the facts to come in before it is determined he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Andalicia Casaus, the fiancée of Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, said her fiancé always wore a seatbelt and that she wanted state police to complete their investigation before any conclusions are made.

State police said earlier this week that Garcia wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and that the victim was ejected from the car.

“They can’t assume he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. There are faulty seatbelts. It happens all the time,” she said.

State police Lt. Craig Martin said seatbelt failure is very rare. He said that in his 17 years as an officer, he’s seen only one case in which someone wearing a seatbelt was ejected. And in that case, the person wasn’t wearing it properly, he said.

According to state police, on Sunday morning, a 2006 Mazda pickup driven by Adam Ortiz, 22, slid on an icy patch, causing it to roll. Garcia, the passenger, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he died, state police said.

Ortiz didn’t go in an ambulance to the hospital, Casaus said, but he went later in someone else’s car because he was “banged up.”

Casaus said she was going to marry Garcia in the spring of 2010. They had a 1-year-old son, Kane Garcia.