Suspect in fatal Pomona hit-and-run found at hospital with injuries


Police in Pomona arrested a teenage suspect Monday in a fatal hit-and-run after he sought treatment at a hospital.

Two people in an SUV were killed and a third critically injured in the crash around 8:45 p.m. Sunday on Garey Avenue north of Bonita Avenue. Police found a second vehicle, a car that had slammed into a tree, abandoned. Witnesses reported that a man had fled on foot, and the vehicle was subsequently determined to have been stolen from El Monte, according to authorities.

Just after 3 a.m., with officers still at the scene investigating, an 18-year-old identified as Erik Elias Perez checked himself into a hospital in Montclair with bruising and facial injuries, police said.


“The hospital staff contacted us,” public information officer Aly Mejia said.

Perez was booked on suspicion of felony manslaughter, hit and run resulting in death and grand theft auto, Mejia said.

The SUV was overturned in the crash, and the driver and front-seat passenger, a man and a woman, died at the scene, police said. A back-seat passenger, a woman, was removed from the wrecked vehicle by firefighters and taken to a hospital in critical condition, where she remained Monday morning, police said.

A witness told several news outlets that he saw a man running from the accident with a backpack and briefly chased him.

“Everything was chaotic,” the witness, Bill Ryczek, said.