An arrest warrant alleging murder and other offenses was issued Thursday for a hospitalized man with a DUI conviction suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs during a two-vehicle, head-on collision in Pomona that took the life of a 6-year-old boy.
The collision was reported about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on White Avenue between McKinley Avenue and Arrow Highway and was witnessed by a Pomona police officer, the Pomona Police Department reported.
Julian Anthony George of Upland died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office and Pomona police. He was not secured in the vehicle, police said.
According to a gofundme page established to help the family pay for funeral and medical expenses, the boy was on his way after school to buy a pet fish along with his father, Peter George, who remains hospitalized with critical injuries. As of Thursday evening, the gofundme page had raised $3,878 toward a $20,000 goal.
The suspect, 19-year-old Franky Provencio of Pomona, was driving a 2001 GMC Yukon north on White Avenue when the SUV crossed into opposing traffic and struck the southbound pickup truck in which Julian and his father were traveling. Police say Provencio was driving with a suspended license and was on probation for a 2018 DUI conviction.
Provencio remains hospitalized and once released will be booked on suspicion of murder, DUI causing death, possession of a controlled substance and violating his probation.
A passenger in Provencio’s SUV was also injured and was treated at a hospital and released.
“Assisting patrol officers were able to determine that suspect Provencio was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” police said.
“Their investigation also revealed the driver of the southbound vehicle had also consumed alcohol prior to the collision. His level of intoxication at the time of the collision is not yet known and Major Accident Investigation Team investigators are still following up.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash was urged to call the Pomona Police Department’s Traffic Services Bureau at 909-802-7741 or 909-620-2048.
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