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DUI Suspect Faces Judge While Community Mourns Victim

A Walnut man stands accused of causing a crash that killed a 23-year-old Diamond Bar resident Sunday.

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.

Gina Tenorio (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The suspect has still not gone before the judge an hour ago. We're still waiting word.
Tina May 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM
hey Gina, Thanks for the update. when will there be an update? how can we get more information. we are anxiously waiting to hear whats going to happen to the suspect. thanks so much
Gina Tenorio (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
We're not sure at this point. Walnut Local editor is in touch with me. She is in the courtroom waiting to see if he appears. His hearing might be postponed. We'll post it ASAP. Thanks Siroun.
Gina Tenorio (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
OK, we have word that a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge today postponed Sheng-Ting Shih arraignment. We'll be updating the story soon.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The update is there now Siroun. Sorry it took so long. He didn't appear in court until after 3 pm.
Tina May 02, 2012 at 03:08 AM
okay so i we have to wait until when?? we are anxiously waiting for news. thanks you so much!
Tina May 02, 2012 at 03:13 AM
does that mean he was bailed out of jail?
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Siroun - We would have to check back on whether he made bail. It usually takes a while for people to bail out. It's not immediately after they appear in court typically. The story was up when I responded to you earlier, so I hope you saw that one.
Rene Sanchez May 03, 2012 at 06:53 AM
any news on the deceaseds funeral arrangements?
Gina Tenorio (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
We have an update on this story: http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/vehicular-manslaughter-suspect-released-from-jail
smeeg May 04, 2012 at 12:41 AM
We love you jooj and you'll never leave our thoughts and prayers
Gina Tenorio (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM
We have a short story giving a very quick update: http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/manslaughter-suspect-scheduled-to-return-to-court
Tina June 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
any updates? he was supposed to appear at 8:30 today. thanks
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Mr. Shih did not show up. Update coming soon.
Gina Tenorio (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Here's the update from Melanie Johnson. Mr. Shih appears to be in deeper trouble ... http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/man-charged-with-vehicular-manslaughter-no-show-in-court

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