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March 5, 2024: District Attorney Gascón Announces Charges Against Man Who Killed Three Women in a DUI Crash in Pomona

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POMONA, CA – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today announced charges against Victor Siharath after he allegedly ran a red light while driving intoxicated and hit a vehicle, killing three women and injuring two others, including a child, on Saturday, March 2, in Pomona.

“There are no words to express the heartbreak that Mr. Siharath’s actions have caused these victims’ families and community,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Our hearts go out to the grieving families and the survivors as they attempt to cope with this unimaginable tragedy. Those who choose to jeopardize themselves and others by driving under the influence will face swift legal consequences. There is nothing that can bring back the countless lives lost to speeding and drunk driving, but our office will continue to hold those responsible.”

“I am pleased that the District Attorney’s Office is aggressively pursuing charges on this matter,”  Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval said. “Driving under the influence is 100% preventable.  Individuals who ignore the law need to understand that there are repercussions for their senseless actions, that often result in tragedy, pain and loss to the victims’ families and our community.”   

“The actions and choices of a DUI driver on March 2nd took the lives of three innocent people and severely injured two others,” Pomona Police Chief Michael Ellis said.  “The Pomona Police Department mourns with our community and the families of the victims. Pomona PD is conducting the criminal investigation for this incident, and murder charges are being filed. We are committed to enforcing DUI laws in Pomona and will work with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure justice in this case.” 

Victor Siharath (dob 02/17/88) is charged in case 24PSCF00120 with three counts of murder, and one count of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury.

It is further alleged that during the commission of the crime, Siharath caused bodily injury and/or death to more than one victim; and that in the commission and attempted commission of the crime, he personally inflicted great bodily injury upon two of the surviving victims; and that at the time of arrest, he willfully refused a peace officer’s request to submit to, and/or willfully failed to complete, the chemical test or tests.

Siharath is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Dept. N at the Pomona Courthouse.

Around 11 p.m. on March 2, Siharath was allegedly driving at the intersection of White Avenue and Phillips Boulevard in Pomona when he ran a red light and his SUV collided with a sedan. Three women were killed, and a man and 12-year-old girl sustained serious injuries.

Siharath is being held on no bail.

If convicted as charged, Siharath will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case is being investigated by the Pomona Police Department.