On May 20th at approximately 10:09 p.m. in Orange, California, a 19-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by Sitani Pinomi. The victim, Aden Uriostegui, was walking home from work when a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck traveling southbound ran through a red traffic light and fatally struck him. The crash occurred at the intersection of Tustin Street and Heim Avenue.
According to investigative reports, Pinomi pulled over following the collision to try and wake up the teen who at the time was unresponsive. By the time emergency personnel arrived, Uriostegui sadly succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Consequently, Orange police officers conducted a field sobriety test on the driver and shortly thereafter arrested him for a DUI and driving on a suspended license.
Sadly, this was not Pinomi’s first DUI offense. He was previously arrested on January 24th, 2020 in Salt Lake City and was cited for using or having drug paraphernalia, interfering with an arresting officer, and failing to comply with police commands.
Due to his criminal history, Orange Police booked him at the Orange County Jail for muder and remained in custody until his court date, June 9th, 2021.
A GoFund Me Page has since been set up to help the victim’s family with funeral expenses.