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CHP searching for suspect in deadly crash, carjacking on I-5 near Old River Road

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 17:09:06-05

BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (KERO) — The California Highway Patrol say they are searching for a suspect in a fatal crash and carjacking on I-5, south of Old River Road.

Jose Alberto Gutierrez, 27, of Bakersfield, is suspected in the crash that was reported at about 1:08 p.m. and fled the scene by carjacking a good Samaritan after the incident, according to CHP.

An investigation determined that Gutierrez was driving a 2005 Chrysler south on I-5 and tried to pass a 2006 Jayco RV and hit the rear of the RV which caused the vehicle to veer off the road and roll over several times, according to CHP.

A passenger in the Chrysler was killed in the crash, said CHP. The man killed in the crash was later identified as Luis Fernando Salazar, 20, of Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

CHP said after the crash, Gutierrez carjacked a good Samaritan at gunpoint and fled in the victim's vehicle.

The crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about Jose Alberto Gutierrez should call the Buttonwillow CHP Office at 661-764-5580.