A 19-yr-previous man who was already convicted of driving beneath the influence this yr denies new fees he was drunk and excessive when he killed a 6-yr-previous in a fallacious-means crash in Pomona this month, prosecutors stated Tuesday.
Franky Antonio Provencio of Pomona might face life in jail for the demise of 6-yr-previous Upland boy Julian George, who was driving in his father’s pickup truck when Provencio veered into the fallacious lane of visitors and slammed into them head-on final Tuesday, the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace stated in a news launch.
Provencio was driving a 2001 GMC Yukon north on White Avenue, close to McKinley Avenue and the Pomona Fairplex, when he drifted into the southbound lanes round 4:25 p.m.
Julian — who wasn’t secured in a toddler security seat as required by state regulation — died at the scene whereas his father, Peter George, was hospitalized in crucial condition, officials stated.
On Sunday, the George household discovered Peter suffered a stroke in two elements of his brain and has pneumonia, in line with a GoFundMe campaign. The pages states that the daddy had already undergone a number of surgeries, suffered several damaged bones, had his jaw wired shut and wasn’t acutely aware or conscious of his son’s demise.
Authorities suspect Peter was also drunk through the crash, though they have not introduced any expenses filed towards the father. Investigators beforehand stated they hadn’t determined his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash but they have been following up on the matter.
Provencio and a passenger in his SUV have been additionally harm and brought to hospitals for remedy.
The 19-yr-previous pleaded not guilty Monday to at least one rely every of murder and driving drunk and a drug causing damage inside 10 years of another DUI offense, the DA’s office stated.
He’s also dealing with one misdemeanor rely of methamphetamine possession, and prosecutors have filed particular allegations of inflicting great bodily damage and having been beforehand convicted of driving underneath the influence of a drug in January.
Provencio might resist 22 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, officials stated.
Prosecutors stated the defendant was being held on $2.13 million bail, but inmate data present his bond was set at $2.63 million.
He’s scheduled to return to courtroom June 5.