Arraignment set for suspect in Claremont vehicle homicide
An arraignment has been set for a man involved in a fatal car pursuit Sunday evening, July 29. Brian Vance Coleman will head back to court on Thursday, August 23, facing 7 charges that include vehicular manslaughter.
Claremont police officers spotted Mr. Coleman around 5:40 p.m. driving a truck reported stolen out of Rancho Cucamonga. He failed to stop for officers, leading them in a brief pursuit traveling south on Towne. Failing to stop at a red light at Towne and La Verne, Mr. Coleman broadsided another car in the middle of the intersection, according to a statement by Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The driver in the broadsided vehicle was killed. The Los Angeles County Coroner identified the man Monday afternoon as Jesus Bugarin Mercado, 54, of Pomona. Mr. Coleman was caught and arrested shortly after.