At about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28th, officers with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department arrested Roberto Carlos Ponciano, 29, on suspicion of murder. The police said the man, who would need a top accident lawyer, intentionally ran over two people in Colton, California.
The collision occurred on Saturday, July 25th, a little after midnight at the intersection of Grand Avenue and W. Valley Boulevard. The SBCSD said that when they arrived at the scene, they found the victims lying on the roadway, and medics rushed them to the hospital.
One of the victims, Ruben Colunga, 50, of Colton, succumbed to his injuries at about 4 a.m. The police then issued a warrant for Ponciano’s arrest but were unable to effect it until Tuesday. The sheriff’s spokeswoman, Jodi Miller, said that while the investigators believe that the suspect’s action was intentional, they have not established a motive.
The police remanded Ponciano at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and set his bail at $1 million. There is no information on his first court appearance. Anyone with details about the collision should contact Detective Bruce Southworth on the listed line or leave a tip with WeTip if they wish to stay anonymous.
Under the California Penal Code, a conviction for first-degree murder would result in either 25 years imprisonment in state prison, life imprisonment in state prison with no parole, or death. Capital punishment is not active in the state; thus, an offender is more likely to get either of the first two options.
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