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Vehicular Manslaughter Suspect Released from Jail

Sheng-Ting Shih, 32, of Walnut, is out on bail four days after police say he caused a collision that took the life of a 23-year-old Diamond Bar resident.

A man accused of causing a crash that claimed the life of a 23-year-old Diamond Bar resident is walking free today.

Sheng-Ting Shih, 32, of Walnut, posted the $130,000 bail set by a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner on Tuesday.

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Jail records, Shih was released at 9:22 p.m. on May 2.

Shih faces three felony charges from the crash Sunday on the 60 Freeway that claimed the life of 23-year-old George Derkrikorian. According to court records, Shih has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent.

He had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice that legal limit, .15 percent or more, according to court documents.

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway west of Brea Canyon Road in Diamond Bar, California Highway Patrol officers said. Caltrans crews had closed the carpool and fast lane for work, forcing traffic to slow and merge into the slower lanes.

A 2006 Toyota, driven by Shaliah Atkins, was in the number two lane while a 2011 Chevrolet driven by Valerie Garcia was in the number three -- or slow -- lane. Both vehicles were traveling at no more than 10 miles per hour. Derkrikorian, in a 2001 Ford, was forced to slow behind the Chevrolet, officials said.

Shih was speeding when he approached the scene, CHP officers said. He realized too late that traffic was slowing and slammed his 2012 BMW into Derkrikorian’s Ford. The crash propelled Derkrikorian’s Ford into the rear of a Chevrolet in front of him and into the right side of a Toyota, according to the CHP.

Derkrikorian died at the scene. Shih’s passenger, Nancy Yinan Lane, 30, was treated at San Dimas Community Hospital, according to the CHP.

Shih’s arraignment, originally scheduled for May 1, has been postponed to June 5.

James s May 04, 2012 at 02:55 AM
You killed a good man you ass hole. I hope you rot in hell.
josh May 04, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Stupid fucken drunk driver!!! R.I.p. George!!
arm May 04, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Do you understand what an amazing person you took away from us? I hope you do, because the void in our heats is too big to ever fill. I love you george RIP you will never be forgotten.
Reggie May 04, 2012 at 07:30 AM
George was a wonderful person loved by many. He has touched hundreds of people and will be dearly missed. There should not have been a bail set his life is worth more than $130,000.
Jermel May 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
This idiot of a drunk driver took away from me a great neighbor and an even better friend. I love you George Derkrikorian AKA JOOJ & I will never forget you. Haro made me promise him that if I was to keep my head up and strong that he would do the same and for you're older brother I will do just that. I love you brother
Mae May 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
People like this should not be allowed to live, they think they have the right to do watever they want jus because they money, I hope he gets what he deserves, I have never wished harm on any one, but this person took from us a great man n a great friend... It affected an entire community... May u rest in peace my friend..
Mags May 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This man has commited one of the worst crimes possible. He took George out of the lives of so many that cared for him, looked up to him. His parents, and siblings have now lost a son, and a brother, for NO REASON...and his family will never be the same, and will forever greive for him. This tradejy is unfixable, unreplaceable, and some will never be able to forgive themselves. Because this asshole decided to drink and drive. Rest in Peace George
smeeg May 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Jooj will be missed forever and will never be forgetten. I love you JOOJ!
rose May 07, 2012 at 04:02 AM
this man took away a cousin i will never get to know now. we all miss you george. even the ones who didnt know you as well <3
Gina Tenorio (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 11:12 PM
We have a short story giving a very quick update: http://diamondbar.patch.com/articles/manslaughter-suspect-scheduled-to-return-to-court

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