BAKERSFIELD, CA (August 13, 2021) – Early in the morning on Tuesday in Bakersfield, a head-on crash killed one person and injured two others. The August 10 crash occurred on Highway 43, in an area near Munzer Road and to the south of it.
The time was roughly 5:05 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
According to authorities, a vehicle–which has not been described–was heading northbound on Highway 43. Another vehicle–which has also not been described–was traveling southbound on the highway.
The vehicle that had been heading north went into the lane of opposing traffic. The vehicle that had been in the southbound lane veered to the left to avoid the oncoming vehicle, according to reports, but the driver that had been heading north steered back into his lane.
The two vehicles crashed head on.
A passenger who had been traveling in the southbound vehicle was killed in the crash. She was identified as a resident of Shafter, 48 years old. Her name has not been reported.
Responders transported the driver of the southbound vehicle to Kern Medical. She suffered injuries that were described as minor.
She was later identified as Maria Mondragon, a resident of Shafter.
The person who had been driving the northbound vehicle was identified as Juvencio Palma, a resident of Taft. He was reported to have suffered injuries that were described as minor.
Investigators are continuing their work on the incident.
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