Around 5:50 a.m. on Thursday, the California Highway Patrol said a 27-year-old man was trying to merge onto southbound SR-99 from California Avenue at an unknown speed.
Thirty-three-year-old Stephan Dalton was traveling southbound on SR-99, in a big rig, in the number 4 lane at 55 mph, officer Robert Rodriguez said.
Police said the unidentified 27-year-old man accelerated in an attempt to enter the freeway ahead of Dalton.
As the man entered the number 4 lane, Rodriguez said he struck the right front end of the big rig.
The man then spun off the roadway and struck a light post; then continued and struck a eucalyptus tree.
The man was able to get himself out of his vehicle and was transported to Kern Medical Center.
The man was pronounced dead at KMC as a result of internal injuries.
Alcohol was not a factor with this collision, Rodriguez said.
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