A man traveling through Bakersfield with his family was killed in a major auto accident at an intersection in the city. According to news reports, the motorist was rear-ended by a man driving a pick-up truck who may have been intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash. The driver of the truck fled the car accident scene on foot but was apprehended and arrested shortly thereafter by Bakersfield police officers.
Authorities declared the driver dead at the scene. He was not wearing his seat-belt at the time of the crash. The man’s wife and 7-year-old child were riding in the pickup with him. They were transported to Kern Medical Center with major injuries while the child suffered minor injuries. Criminal charges are expected to be filed against the suspected drunk driver.
As a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer I urge motorists to never drive drunk. This auto accident is another sad example of how drinking and driving can kill. If you or a loved one were hurt due to the negligence of a drunk driver, speak to a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure that your legal rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.