BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Lanes on Gosford Road south of Stockdale Highway are back open after a fatal crash Saturday, officials said.
The Bakersfield Police Department responded to a crash on Gosford Road just south of Stockdale Highway that took place at approximately 11:49 a.m. Saturday, closing down lanes on both sides of the road.
Investigation revealed that 22-year-old Rodolfo Contreras was driving a white Honda Civic going south on Coffee Road and attempted to cross through the intersection during a yellow light, according to police. Contreras hit the raised center divider, crossing into the northbound lanes of Gosford Road and striking a blue Ford Explorer head on, police said.
Police tell us the driver of the Ford Explorer, 54-year-old David Aggio, died at the scene. A female passenger of the Ford Explorer and Contreras were both transferred to Kern Medical Center for minor injuries, police said.
A silver Toyota 4Runner traveling north on Gosford Road struck a portion of Contreras' vehicle, but the occupants declined medical attention, police said.
Drugs are suspected to be a factor in the collision, police said.
They will be closing down the lanes again tomorrow morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. for further investigation, police said.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department Officer Nicolas Gospich at (661) 326-3967.