Cops: THC in suspect's blood

Suspect reportedly ran red light


The Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Enforcement Section has completed the investigation of the deadly collision which happened on March 16at the intersection of Columbus Street and University Avenue.

This collision claimed two lives.

The Kern County Coroner’s office identified the deceased as Leonel Del Toro and Severo Ramirez, both were in a Mazda sedan which was southbound Columbus Street. Del Toro was the driver, Ramirez the passenger.

The Nissan SUV driven by Felicitas Mendoza was eastbound on University Avenue at the time of the collision. Mendoza was found not to be impaired at the time of the collision.

The likely cause of this collision was determined to be Leonel Del Toro’s failure to stop for a red traffic signal – southbound Columbus Street at University Avenue.

Toxicological tests of Del Toro’s blood were positive for T.H.C. (an active ingredient in marijuana), but it is unknown if he was impaired at the time of the collision. 

No criminal action is pending in this case.

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