Authorities on Wednesday identified a 6-year-old boy who died in a head-on collision near the Fairplex at Pomona on Tuesday in which police allege both drivers were drunk.
Julian Anthony George of Upland died at the scene of the 6:24 p.m. crash along White Avenue, between Arrow Highway and McKinely Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
He was a passenger sitting in the back of a pickup truck that was involved in a head-on collision with an SUV, Pomona Police Department officials said. An SUV crossed into opposing traffic and slammed into the truck, police said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics pronounced the child dead at the scene, police said in a written statement.
Both drivers, along with another person, were injured in the crash, officials said. The truck driver was described as being in serious condition, while no information was available regarding the conditions of the other two people hurt in the collision.
“Both involved drivers are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol,” according to the statement. Their identities were not available Wednesday, and formal charges had not been filed as the investigation continued.
A memorial page set up for the boy said his father had been driving the pickup truck and remained hospitalized in critical condition.
“We are unsure but hopeful of his recovery,” according to the page. The father had not yet been told of his son’s death on Wednesday.
Family members do not believe the boy’s father had any alcohol in his system, the memorial page said.
The father and son were on their way to a pet shop after school to buy a new fish, the memorial page stated.
A fund to benefit the boy’s family has been established online.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pomona police at 909-620-2085. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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— Pomona Police Dept. (@PomonaPD) May 8, 2019