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Pomona: Jesus Bugarin-Mercado Killed in Police Pursuit Crash

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29th, 54-year-old Jesus Bugarin-Mercado was killed in a crash that occurred during a police pursuit in Pomona. The chase began near Towne and La Verne avenues when police encountered a stolen Ford pickup truck, pursuing the vehicle until it ran a red light at the intersection of Towne and La Verne avenues and struck the Toyota Camry in which Bugarin-Mercado was an occupant. He sustained fatal trauma. The driver of the stolen vehicle fled on foot but was apprehended and faces criminal charges. Authorities are investigating the crash. 


“When a crash results in fatality, the at-fault party may be held liable for the victim’s family’s loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. 


The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 703 people were killed or injured in traffic collisions in Pomona in 2009. Comparing the incidence of fatal and injury accidents that occurred in 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 to 250,000 residents, the OTS ranked Pomona 23rd for traffic safety; 1st place is the worst a city may receive.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jesus Bugarin-Mercado, the man killed in the police pursuit crash.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Pomona collision.


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