Requiem for Cecil Ray Garlic
If last week's pedestrian death did not merit the usual attention that such a calamity might normally precipitate, there could be a reason why. The victim was already receiving near daily attention from local authorities.
Cecil Ray Garlic was struck and killed by a car while crossing U.S. 29 near Woodbrook Drive on April 30. "Alcohol may have played a role in Mr. Garlic's death," said Albemarle police's Lt. John Teixeira. The alcohol was not consumed by the driver of the vehicle, however. The drinker was Cecil Ray Garlic.
Frequently arrested for "public swearing/intoxication," Garlic had a lengthy police record. According to the summary reports issued by City spokesperson Ric Barrick. Garlic was arrested 13 times between February and April.
Garlic, 45, with no fixed address, is a native of West Virginia with more than one tragedy in his background. Lisa Provence has the story in today's Hook.