According to L.A. County Sheriffs officials, Ralph Blunt had just dropped off passengers when he suffered an unspecified medical condition, lost control of the vehicle and struck Garcia, 52, and two parked cars.
Garcia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead due to injuries sustained in the crash. Blunt was also taken to the hospital, but was released after observation.
CBS Productions released a statement on Wednesday, Feb. 16, saying, “Everyone at the network, the studio and ‘NCIS’ is devastated by the news. Our hearts grieve for his family and friends for this tragic loss.”
The statement continued, “We are, of course, cooperating with the local authorities in Santa Clarita to help determine what caused this terrible accident. Production on the show has been suspended.”