2 Arrested for Murder following Fatal Traffic Collision
WEST COVINA - On December 25, 2012 at about 9:00pm, West Covina Police received several 9-1-1 calls regarding a traffic collision that occurred in the intersection of Lark Ellen and Merced Avenue, West Covina. When officers arrived, they found a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse had collided into a white Dodge Caravan in the intersection. The victim, A 90-year-old resident of West Covina who was a passenger in the Dodge Caravan was ejected from the van and was located on the sidewalk. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim had been seated in a wheelchair which was secured in the van.
The driver of the van suffered head trauma and was transported to LA USC Medical Center. He is the son of the victim. Both were returning home from the Queen of the Valley Hospital where the victim had just been released when the collision occurred. The driver of the Eclipse, Vincent Lopez, 30 of Rialto was also injured and was also transported to the same hospital with leg injuries.
Witnesses reported seeing the Eclipse racing with a red, Ford Escort southbound on Lark Ellen. At one point both vehicles failed to stop at the stop sign at Vine Avenue prior to the collision at Merced. The investigation went through the night and led Detectives to a location in Pomona where the 2nd vehicle driver was also arrested. He is identified as Victor Hugo Sanchez, 34 of Rialto. Both Lopez and Sanchez have been booked for Murder. Lopez was additionally booked for Suspicion of Felony Driving Under the Influence.
The West Covina Police are looking for witnesses that may have seen the two vehicles involved in the racing and collision. The occupants of both vehicles had been at a local bar located in the 200 block of South Glendora Avenue prior. They travelled south on Lark Ellen sometime between 8:30pm and 9:00pm. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the West Covina Police Department at 626 939-8500.
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