An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a violent two-car hit-and-run crash involving a stolen vehicle that left two people dead and another in critical condition in Pomona Sunday night.

Calls about the crash on North Garey Avene near East Bonita Avenue came in around 8:45 p.m., according to the Pomona Police Department.  

Officers located an overturned SUV with three occupants trapped inside. The driver and front passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel.

A female was transported from the scene in critical condition, according to police.

Video of the wreckage showed severe damage to both vehicles.

  • Pomona two-car crash
  • Pomona two-car crash
  • Pomona two-car crash

A man who lives in the neighborhood said he saw someone leaving the area after the crash and followed him. 

“I chased him down to the local apartments. He went into the apartments. He came back out and I lost him down Garey where the police were trying to find him. He was wearing shorts, khaki in color,” Pomona resident Bill Ryczek said. 

Just before 2 p.m. on Monday, police announced that Pomona resident Erik Elias Perez was taken into custody in connection with the deadly hit-and-run. Authorities said the 18-year-old was found after he checked himself into a hospital in Montclair. Perez was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in death and grand theft auto.

It is unclear if alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in the crash.  

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-802-7741.