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UPDATE: Driver in fatal New Year's Eve crash enters not guilty plea

Fatal New Year's Eve Crash
Posted at 5:06 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 18:32:35-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — (UPDATE 3:30 P.M.): The driver charged in the deadly crash on News Year's Eve pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence.

Teasdale, 20, is due back in court on Jan. 26.


(UPDATE 1/5/2021): Adam Montgomery Teasdale, the 20-year-old driver who crashed his vehicle and left three dead on New Year's Eve, has been charged.

According to the Kern County Superior Court, Teasdale was charged with three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one charge of driving under the influence.

He is due to be arraigned in court at 3 p.m.


The driver who was involved in a crash that left three passengers dead on New Year's Eve in Northwest Bakersfield has been identified.

Bakersfield police got a call just after 11 p.m. of a single-car crash in the 11700 block of Brimhall Road on New Year's Eve. Investigators say a white SUV driven by 20-year-old Adam Montgomery Teasdale was headed eastbound when he lost control and hit a tree in the center divider. Three passengers in the back car were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Teasdale and the passenger in the front seat received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Among those killed in the accident were 20-year-old Andrew Nicholas Ortiz, 20-year-old Devin Lee Atha, and 20-year-old Timothy Michael Wilson. The name of the passenger who survived the crash was not available.

Teasdale was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence at the time of the crash.