Five fatal crashes in Kern County in four days, officials blame DUI and speed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Another fatal crash this morning followed a weekend full of fatal crashes throughout Kern County.

According to officials, just before seven this morning one person died in a crash at 7th Standard Road and Bussell Road. The California Highway Patrol said traffic was stopped at the intersection when a driver going more than 55 miles per hour clipped the back of a stopped vehicle and then veered into oncoming traffic. 

Since Saturday, there have been four fatal crashes throughout Kern County. Officials said two of the crashes involved drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police believe alcohol was involved in a crash that involved a motorcycle and a vehicle at Ming and Old River Road. The motorcyclist, 44 year old Marko Rusimovic, died from his injuries.  

In Delano, a car ran off the road and stuck a power pole. The passenger in the vehicle, Rosa Trejo, 53, was killed and the driver was arrested for being under the influence of a drug. 

The other two fatal accidents included high rates of speed, according to officials. Near Wasco, a driver tried to pass a tractor when he hit and killed Manuel Martinez,43, who was the driver of an oncoming vehicle.

On Highway 58 near Tower Lines Road, police said 25 year old Drew Masters was traveling faster than 90 miles per hour. According to the CHP report, Masters " failed to observe he was rapidly overtaking" a car in the slow lane. He clipped the back of a car before rolling his car multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"We want you to pay attention to your driving, we don't want you to drive distracted, we want you to driver sober," said CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez. "There are other people on the road way that are counting on us -- counting on you to do what you're supposed to do when you're driving your vehicle."

Officials tell 23ABC it's more important than ever for drivers to be cautious. 

 

 

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