Driver wanted in crash that killed 17-year-old Iman Amin surrenders to KCSO deputies

Cesar Duarte's bail set at $1.2M

Kern County sheriff's deputies have arrested 23-year-old Cesar Duarte in connection with a fatal crash on Harris Road.

The crash happened at about 4:15 a.m. Nov. 6, 2013, on Harris Road just west of Old River Road.

Officers said the car, a red Mercedes Benz rolled over approximately 150 yards west of Old River Rd.

The vehicle was occupied by a male and female.

The female passenger, 17-year-old Iman Amin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Duarte, of Bakersfield suffered minor injuries in the crash.  

A witness stated that prior to the crash, the red Mercedes Benz appeared to be in a speed contest with a white Lexus SUV. Both vehicles were traveling west bound on Harris Rd. when the Mercedes Benz lost control and struck a block wall and light pole on the south side of Harris Rd. causing the vehicle to roll over, officers said. 

The initial investigation has revealed the Mercedes Benz was traveling in excess of 80 mph prior to the collision. 

Duarte was ordered to surrender by April 22, 2014, and he complied. 

Duarte was arrested on charges of second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI, DUI with bodily injury.

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