POMONA >> Four people died and four other were hurt in a hit-and-run collision on the 60 Freeway in Pomona early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The crash took place about 5 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Reservoir Street, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The eight victims, four men and four women between 21 and 49 years old, were all riding in a 2003 Ford Explorer and on their way home after a night out at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights when the crash occurred.
All four of those killed were passengers, and all were residents of Lake Elisnore, officials said.
They were identified as Elba Rosales, 26; Luis Herrera, 29; Noemi Herrera, 21; and Gerardo Herrera, 49, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Acting Lt. B. Kim said. The relationship between the victims was not available.
The four survivors, two men and two women, were hospitalized with injuries ranging from moderate to major, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The Explorer, which was only configured to seat seven people, was traveling in the No. 2 lane at 65 to 75 miles per hour when a newer-model white vehicle struck the left side of the SUV, according to CHP Officer S. Sullinger.
(The Explorer driver) immediately lost control of her vehicle as it veered sharply to the right,” Sullinger said. “(The Explorer) subsequently overturned within the No. 4 lane and on the right shoulder area.
“The vehicle continued to overturn multiple times down a dirt embankment, across the Reservoir Street offramp, down a second dirt embankment, and finally came to rest against the chain-link perimeter fence,” Sullinger said.
Four victims were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Six of the eight people inside the Explorer were thrown from the SUV, he said.
Investigators found damage, and possible paint transfer, on the left side of the SUV that appeared consistent with the account of the driver, a 25-year-old Lake Elisnore woman, Jimenez said.
A detailed description of the hit-and-run car was not available, Jimenez said.
Of the four people who died, only one was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
The victims had just spend the evening at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Night and stopped for dinner before the crash occurred as they were on their way home, Jimenez said.
There was no indication the crash involved alcohol or drugs, officials said.
The fatal crash resulted in a Sig Alert that affected the freeway and nearby connector roads through Saturday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
POMONA >> For the second night in a row, a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood left a teenage Pomona boy wounded late Wednesday, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 9:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Hollander Street, near Harrison Avenue, Pomona police Sgt. Jaime Gutierrez said.
Shots were fired from a passing dark-colored four-door sedan, Sgt. Vincent Terrell said in a written statement.
“Based on preliminary information gathered from witnesses and the victim, the victim was outside of a residence when the suspect vehicle drove by and a suspect inside the vehicle fired several shots striking the victim,” Terrell said.
The wounded teen, 15, was hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. No further details were available.
A similar episode unfolded just under 24 hours earlier across town at Valley Boulevard and Dupont Street, police said.
A teenage boy showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Robert DeVee said in a written statement.
“Officers arrived and spoke to the victim who stated he was walking in the area of Valley and Dupont when the suspect vehicle drove by and fired several shots,” he said. “The victim was hit in the upper torso.”
The young victim was later transported to a trauma center for continued treatment.
Police described the car in which the attacker or attackers rode as a older-model, dark-colored sedan.
Anyone with information can reach Pomona police detectives at 909-620-2095. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
POMONA >> Officials have identified a San Bernardino man who died in a crash on the 71 Freeway in Pomona on Friday night.
Brayan Noe Andrade Pacheco, 23, died at the scene of the 11:50 p.m. crash on the 71 Freeway at Old Pomona Road, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator John Kades said.
He was in a northbound car that crossed into opposing traffic and struck another vehicle in the southbound traffic lanes, Pomona police officials said.
Another person in the northbound car was also seriously injured, police said. It was not initially clear whether Andrade Pacheco had been the driver or a passenger.
One person in the southbound vehicle suffered injuries described as serious, while two others were treated for moderate injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
POMONA >> A man died and four other people were injured when a car crossed into opposing traffic and slammed into another vehicle on the 71 Freeway in Pomona late Friday, officials said.
The dead man was yet to be identified Saturday, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said. He was initially described only as a man estimated to be in his 20s.
The crash took place just before 11:50 p.m. on the 71 Freeway at Old Pomona Road, Pomona police Cpl. Alyssa Bostrom said in a written statement.
“A vehicle was traveling northbound on the SR 71 at a high rate of speed, lost control and collided with a vehicle traveling southbound on the SR 71,” Bostrom said.
On person inside the northbound car died at the scene, she said. It was unclear whether he was a drive or passenger.
A second occupant of the northbound vehicle suffered serious injuries, police said.
One person inside the southbound car suffered serious injuries, while two others were treated for injuries described as “moderate,” Bostrom said.
“Officers are still working to positively identify the persons involved in the collision,” she said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by the Pomona Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team.
According to California Highway Patrol logs, a Sig Alert remained in effect on the 71 Freeway until shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pomona police traffic investigators at 909-620-2081.
POMONA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a Pomona woman who died in a solo-car crash on a freeway connector road early Friday.
Chelsea Tarin, 23, died at the scene of the 6:30 a.m. crash on the transition road from the southbound 57 Freeway to the eastbound 10 Freeway, on the border between San Dimas and Pomona, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
She was at the wheel of a 1993 Toyota Camry when it went of the left side of the roadway, struck a lamp post, then struck a cement support pillar beneath the 57 Freeway along the right side of the connector road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
Paramedics pronounced Tarin dead at the scene.
An autopsy determined Tarin died as a result of “traumatic injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Smith said.
A fund to benefit Tarin’s family has been set up online at www.gofundme.com/2jjhcak.
Friday’s fatal crash was the second fatality reported on the same transition road in just over a week.
Juan Manuel Machuca Jr., 22, of San Bernardino died on Aug. 4 when his Ford Explorer veered off the side of the road and overturned, according to the CHP.
PHOTO by Beatriz Valenzuela
POMONA >> Police arrested three alleged prostitutes and one alleged facilitator to prostitution during a sting in Pomona on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force, along with Pomona police detectives, conducted the operation along the city’s East Holt corridor, “which is an area known for prostitution related activity,” Pomona police Sgt. Brian Hagerty said in a written statement.
Both uniformed and undercover officers took part, ultimately arresting three women on suspicion of prostitution, the sergeant said.
Arrested were Terrill Gayden, 32, of Fontana, on suspicion of aiding or supervising prostitution, as well as LaWana Roberson, 21, of Fontana, Porcha Chavez, 24, of Lancaster and Amy Hunt, 42, of Pomona, on suspicion of loitering with intent to commit prostitution, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
“The Pomona Police Department takes a proactive approach in improving the quality of life issues by deterring prostitution and human trafficking in the City of Pomona,” Hagerty said. “These types of operations serve as an opportunity for victims of Human Trafficking to speak with officers about the dangers of this lifestyle and provide advocates the opportunity to relocate them to safe locations. Similar operations are scheduled to take place in the near future.”
According to booking records, Gayden and Hunt were released from custody pending their initial court appearances. Chavez and Roberson, who each had pre-existing criminal cases, were being held in lieu of $52,000 and $77,000 bail, respectively.
Anyone with tips regarding prostitution-related activity is asked to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2085. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
POMONA >> Police jailed a suspect early Saturday following a shooting that left an Arizona woman dead and a Chino Hills man wounded, authorities said.
Robert Lee Bogan, 23, was arrested near the shooting scene and booked on suspicion of murder, according to Pomona police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The fatal shooting took place about 3:30 a.m. at Holt and San Antonio avenues, Pomona police Sgt. Bert Sanchez said in a written statement.
“Patrol officers heard numerous gunshot in the area of Holt Ave and San Antonio,” Sanchez said. “Soon after, two vehicles involved were located and stopped several blocks from each other.”
Inside one of the cars, a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, officers encountered a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
Deborah Gutierrez, 34, of Arizona, succumbed to her injuries at an area hospital, Sanchez said. The second victim, a 39-year-old Chino Hills, was treated for a superficial gunshot wound.
The second involved car, a 2003 Cadillac DTS, contained Bogan, who investigators identified as the gunman, the sergeant said. “
“He was taken into custody and he is believed to be the only suspect involved at this time. A handgun believed to have been used to commit this crime has been recovered,” Sanchez said.
According to county booking records, Bogan was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in the Pomona branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2085. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
DIAMOND BAR >> Authorities have identified a 24-year-old Pomona man who died in a motorcycle crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar Thursday afternoon.
Ivan Galindo died shortly after the 3:50 p.m. three-vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, east of Grand Avenue at the 57 Freeway juncture, California Highway Patrol Officer J. Bach said in a written statement.
Galindo was riding a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja in the No. 5 lane at an unknown speed in “moderate traffic conditions” prior to the crash, Bach said. A 2005 Saturn Ion was traveling directly in front of him at 45 to 50 mph.
The motorcycle struck the rear of the Saturn, then ricocheted toward the right side of the road.
Back said the motorcycle then struck the left rear fender of a 1999 Westar cement mixer traveling 25 to 30 mph in the No. 7 lane.
“(Galindo) was subsequently ejected from (his motorcycle) and collided onto the concrete roadway,” Back said. “As a result of this collision, Mr. Galindo sustained major injuries. Mr. Galindo was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries sustained from this traffic collision.”
The 19-year-old Texas man at the wheel of the Saturn and the 35-year-old Ontario man driving the cement mixer suffered no injuries, Back said.
The investigation remained in its early stages, and any witnesses are asked to contact Officer Back at the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
POMONA >> Police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a stabbing at a Pomona park that left a 24-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The near-fatal stabbing took place about 1 p.m. at Tony Cerda Park, 450 W. Grand Ave., Sgt. Brian Hagerty of the Pomona police Major Crimes Task Force said in a written statement.
After responding to a call reporting a stabbing, officers encountered the victim, a Pomona man, suffering from “multiple stab wounds,” Hagerty said. Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Officers identified a 17-year-old boy as a suspect in the stabbing and soon spotted him loitering in the area of Ralph Welch Park, about a mile to the west at 1000 Buena Vista Ave., the sergeant said. He was arrested without a struggle.
“The investigation revealed the suspect and the victim have known each other for several months and were involved in a physical altercation prior to the stabbing,” Hagerty said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pomona police detectives Edson or Bebon at 909-620-2160. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
POMONA >> A small airplane crashed or made a hard landing on the roof of a state parole building in Pomona Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The incident was first reported about 4:45 p.m. in the 900 block of Corporate Center Drive, southwest of the junction of the 10, 57 and 71 freeways, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
After responding to reports of a small airplane in trouble, officials found the craft atop a large building, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores said. There was no initial reports of major injuries.
“A single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed under unknown circumstances near Kellogg Hill Road and the 71 (Freeway),” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
One of two people aboard the airplane, believed to be the pilot, was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, Flores said. The second occupant was not taken to a hospital.
Both pilot and passenger managed to walk away from the damaged airplane, Flores said.
The building the airplane landed on top of was a state parole building run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.
The plane was headed to Brackett Field Airport in La Verne, Gregor said. It was not immediately clear where the plane had departed from.
CHP logs indicated the airport lost radio contact with the airplane just before the crash site was found.
Further details were not immediately available.
The aircraft is registered to an owner in Fullerton, according to FAA records. The plane was manufactured in 1961 and had a valid, standard-classification flight status.
PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department