One person killed Wednesday morning in crash on Harris Road, driver survives with minor injuries

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One person was killed early Wednesday morning following a car crash on Harris Road.

Bakersfield Police Department officials tell 23ABC the accident happened at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday just west of Old River Road.

The car appeared to hit a block wall at least twice before breaking apart. 

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 determined to be deceased at the scene by Hall Ambulance and Bakersfield Fire Department personnel.

The male driver is identified as Cesar Duarte, 23, of Bakersfield. He suffered minor injuries in the accident.  

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. 

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

As of Thursday afternoon, investigators said they were able to contact Miguel Garcia who was possibly driving the Lexus SUV at the time of the incident. They have determined the Lexus to be uninvolved in the accident. 

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol are a factor in this collision at this time however, alcohol was located at the scene. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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