A man from Pomona is dead following a serious crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of a 24-year-old man and the injury of a second person. They have also arrested the other driver involved in the crash under suspicion of a hit-and-run crash. The deceased man’s name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
According to the report, a vehicle driven by the 24-year-old man and carrying a 21-year-old female passenger was disabled in the No. 4 and 5 lanes as a result of a previous collision when the second accident occurred. It appears an SUV driven by a 30-year-old man approached at a high rate of speed in the No. 4 lane and was unable to avoid the collision. His vehicle struck the stopped car as well as the driver, who was in the process of getting out of the vehicle.
The parked driver died at the scene, and his passenger suffered injuries described as moderate. The driver responsible for the crash apparently fled the scene, abandoning his vehicle, but police apprehended him a short time later at his residence. He will face charges that address his alleged behavior after the accident. It is unknown if he remains in police custody at this time.
California law deals harshly with hit-and-run accidents, and the charged man may lose his license and face time in jail. Separately, the family of the deceased driver and the passenger who survived are entitled to file wrongful death and personal injury suits, respectively, against the accused man in civil court. These cases are handled separately from criminal proceedings, though many civil cases will make use of police evidence to prove a driver’s culpability regarding an accident.