POMONA (CNS) - A motorist who allegedly fled from police during a traffic stop in Pomona and crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver, was expected to be arraigned today on murder and other charges.
Eli Richard Machado Lopez, 22, of Pomona, is facing charges of second-degree murder, evading causing death, hit-and-run causing serious bodily injury and unlawful taking of a vehicle in connection with the crash that occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday near San Antonio Avenue and Philadelphia Street.
Rolando Pinto-Mendez, 26, of Pomona died at the scene, according to the coroner's office.
Aly Mejia of the Pomona Police Department said an officer attempted to pull over the suspect for a vehicle code violation at San Antonio Avenue and Ninth Street, and the driver failed to stop.
The officer pursued the driver briefly with the patrol car's police lights on before the suspect crashed into the other vehicle, Mejia said.
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