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Man arrested in fatal Pomona street race that left 3 dead in 2002

February 10, 2011 |  8:52 am

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has filed three counts of vehicular manslaughter and another count of felony hit-and-run against a Montclair man in connection with a December 2002 street race collision that killed three men, according to authorities.

Roque Torres, 28, was arrested Tuesday at his home after police investigations pointed to him as being the driver of a red 2002 Acura RSX that fled the scene on Dec. 20, 2002. Officials from the Pomona Police Department said Torres was racing against a 1993 Honda that smashed into a van on Garey Avenue north of Philadelphia Street in Pomona.

Police said the cars involved in the race were hitting speeds of about 100 mph, according to witnesses.

The three occupants of the Honda -- Jamael Johnson, 22, Jose Issac Batres, 26, and Carlos Mendoza, 20 — all residents of Pomona, died from injuries suffered during the collision.

Torres' car was not struck and he left the scene after the crash, police said.

The case went cold until late last year, when officers from the Pomona Police Department's Traffic Services Unit received new information about the fatal crash. Police were able to locate the Acura, which had been repainted several times and sold since the collision, authorities said.

Torres was eventually identified as the registered owner of the car. He is being held at Pomona Police Jail on $200,000 bail, police said.


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