1 dead, 12 injured in Pomona after vehicle crashes into food vendor and people in their drive-through lot, police say
After a brief chase, police said 22-year-old Justin Serna drove the wrong way down a one-way street that has a stop sign; instead of turning into it, he struck the rear of the food vendor and then a pickup truck that was parked in a lot where people order food and drinks. Serna then drove up the middle of the street and struck many more vehicles, police said.
After the incident, the scene of the crashes became a scene of chaos.
“It was just a crazy scene,” said Pomona Police Capt. Ryan Rynning. “People were trying to figure out what was going on.”
At least five children were injured, some seriously. A seventh child was in critical condition at the hospital. A man in a white Hyundai was also found not guilty of murder charges after an hours-long trial.
The Pomona Police Department is investigating the crash, and the driver of the food service truck and the driver of the other white sedan are cooperating with their police departments, Rynning said.
Rynning said authorities are waiting to see if the driver of the food truck can shed any light, but said he hopes the driver’s cellphone will lead police to the driver.
Pomona police responded to the scene before 8:30 p.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment; one was in critical condition, and the other was in serious condition.
A man, identified by police as 22-year-old Justin Serna of Pomona, was arraigned in Pomona City Justice Court on charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault and felony hit and run after his arrest. He is being held in lieu of bail.
The crash killed eight people and injured at least 25. Several are hospitalized in critical condition. Dozens were left bleeding or with visible injuries.
The collision occurred on a one-way street in Pomona at 2:05