BPD says SUV fled scene of crash involving motorcyclist, police arrest suspect

Motorcyclist in crash pronounced dead Monday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield police said they have located and arrested 24-year-old Antwan Rowell for hit and run causing injury or death, vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

Rowell was booked into the Kern County Jail.

On Thursday, July 17 around 6:45 p.m. Bakersfield police officers responded to the 2500 block of Akers Road regarding an injury accident involving an SUV and a motorcyclist.

Police said the driver of the SUV fled the scene prior to police arriving.

The SUV was described as a grey, 2010 Lexus model. A witness was able to provide officers with information that led them to the 4700 block of Beechwood Street where the SUV was abandoned.

The adult male motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on Monday, July 21.

His name has not yet been released.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The intersection of Wilson Road and Marilyn Place was closed for several hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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