Deadly southwest hit and run shuts down major intersection, 22-year-old woman killed

Victim, Princess Almonidovar, was a SJCH employee

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A deadly hit and run shutdown a major intersection in the southwest Friday morning.

According to Bakersfield Police, the intersection of Ming Ave. and New Stine Road was closed until 10a.m. after a deadly crash around 3 a.m. claimed the life of one woman.

Officers said that a vehicle driven by Alex Rubio, age 24, of Bakersfield, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed when it collided in the intersection with a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar.

Witnesses who spoke to 23ABC said the driver, 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar had the right of way as she was turning left from Ming Ave. onto New Stine Road. 

Almonidovar was killed on impact.

Officers said Rubio ran from his vehicle into a nearby neighborhood where police apprehended him.

Officers arrested Rubio on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, felony hit and run, felony vehicular manslaughter, and resisting arrest.

Rubio was taken to Kern Medical Center for medical clearance before being booked into the Kern County Jail.

Almonidovar was working as a Respiratory Therapist at San Joaquin Community Hospital for the past 18 months, according to hospital officials. 

There is a memorial fund set up for Princess' family at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union for Princess Flores Almonidovar Account #42352.

Hospital officials released a statement today in behalf of the incident. 

“This morning, we were deeply saddened to learn about the death of Princess Almonidovar, a Respiratory Therapist at San Joaquin Community Hospital for the past 18 months. Although she worked at our hospital for just a short time, Princess was loved by her co-workers and a shining example for young people working toward a career in health care. She will be missed by everyone here at San Joaquin Community Hospital. During this difficult time, we extend our thoughts and prayers to Princess’ family and friends as they deal with the full force of this tragedy.”


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