POMONA, Calif. – A family is devastated after a DUI crash took the life of a 6-year-old Upland boy and left his father fighting for his life.
Family of the boy and his father said that Peter George had just picked up Julian from school on Tuesday. The two were heading to the pet shop to purchase a new fish for Julian. It is unknown where convicted DUI driver, Franky Provencio, 19, of Pomona was headed, but he traveled north on White Avenue as Peter and Julian drove south on White Avenue. For reasons that remain under investigation, Provencio crossed into oncoming traffic in his 2001 GMC Yukon. He crashed head-on into the vehicle carrying Peter and Julian, authorities said that Julian who was not secured in a booster seat at the time of the collision died at the scene.
Provencio and the other two occupants of his vehicle were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. The passengers were treated and were subsequently released from the hospital. It was determined that Provencio, a convicted DUI driver with a suspended license was again, driving under the influence.
Authorities also believe that Peter George had had alcohol sometime before the collision, but it is unclear how much or how much time before driving. Peter George remains in critical condition and is not conscious. The family on the Go Fund Me page says that he is unaware of Julian’s death. He is described as having multiple broken bones.
He’s unable to breathe on his own, has a broken nose, jaw, and ribs. His left leg is broken in the femur, fibula, tibia, and ankle. “His sternum has been crushed and is putting pressure on both lungs that were also badly damaged. We are uncertain if he will recover but are remaining hopeful,” said the family on the Go Fund Me page. The family is seeking financial assistance to help pay any costs associated with this sudden and unexpected death and medical emergency.
Provencio was told after his DUI a year ago the dangers of driving under the influence. He was also told if he was to take a life while doing so in the future, he can be charged with murder. He was arrested on Friday, May 10, 2019, after being released from the hospital. He is currently being held in lieu of $2,630,000 and is scheduled to appear at the Pomona Superior Court on Monday, May 13, 2019.
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