As members of the Armenian community mourn the loss of one of its young, the man accused of killing him prepares to go before a judge to answer for the crime.
California Highway Patrol officers say Sheng-Ting Shih, 32, of Walnut, slammed his 2012 BMW into 23-year-old George Derkrikorian’s 2001 Ford early Sunday in the eastbound lanes of Highway 60 west of Brea Canyon Road in Diamond Bar.
Derkrikorian had been traveling behind slow traffic when Shih sped up and slammed into his vehicle, CHP officials said.
Shih is scheduled to appear in Pomona Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is facing a felony charge connected to his DUI arrest, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s records.
Derkrikorian died at the scene of the crash. Shih’s passenger, Nancy Yinan Lane, 30, was treated at San Dimas Community Hospital, according to the CHP. Her condition was not known Monday.
“This extremely devastating incident should be a lesson to all of us to NEVER ever drink and drive, no matter what the circumstances may be,” officials with Armenian Mesrobian School in Pico Rivera said on its website. Derkrikorian had been a student at the school. “There is ALWAYS a better option.”
“Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the Derkrikorian family and we hope God gives them the strength to get through this horrible time,” school officials said.
Derkrikorian was a car enthusiast judging from his Facebook page. His "liked" pages included Team Wilzig racing and Forgeline Motorsports.
Shih was still in custody late Tuesday according to Sheriff’s records. His bail is set at $200,000.