Man sentenced in fatal street racing crash

POMONA — A Montclair man has been sentenced for participating in a 2002 street race in which his opponent crashed, resulting in three deaths.

Roque Torres, 28, was sentenced to five years in and four months in prison Monday by Judge Jack P. Hunt in Pomona Superior Court.

Torres pleaded no contest to three counts of voluntary manslaughter last month as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

On Dec. 20, 2002, Torres and another driver, 22-year-old Jamael Glenn Johnson, raced in Pomona at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to prosecutors.

Johnson’s car collided with a van at Garey Avenue and Philadelphia, killing Johnson and two passengers: Jose Issac Batres, 26, and Carlos Mendoza, 20. All three were Pomona residents.

Because Torres fled the scene after the crash, his identity as one of the drivers remained unknown until police received a tip in October 2010. Torres was arrested in February.

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