(UPDATE 4/8): The Kern High School District confirmed Carrie Lopez, who died in a crash earlier this week, was a counselor at Vista High School.
KHSD released the following statement regarding Lopez's death:
The Kern High School District community is grieving the loss of beloved Vista High School counselor, Ms. Carrie Lopez. Her tragic death will be felt by the students, staff, friends, and family who knew and loved her. Grief counselors are available to help our students and staff deal with this loss. We extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Lopez’s family and ask everyone to please respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time.
For those looking to help the family, a local UPS store has started a collections to assist Carrie Lopez's family with funeral and memorial costs. Anyone interested in donating can do so at the stores located at 136 Allen Road and 9530 Hageman Road.
(UPDATE 4/7): The Kern County Coroner's Office identified 43-year-old Carrie Cuca Lopez as the woman killed in a crash Tuesday night.
The coroner stated Lopez was taken to Kern Medical Tuesday following the crash. She died from her injuries early Wednesday morning.
The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating speed and alcohol as factors in this case. According to BPD, Lopez was driving a white SUV on Calloway Drive and Tumwater Avenue when she was struck by another vehicle.
The other driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
One woman is dead this morning, and another man in is the hospital after being involved in a collision late last night, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
The incident took place just at 11:58 p.m. on Calloway Drive and Tumwater Avenue when BPD responded to a crash involving two vehicles.
Officials say speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in this crash, but the investigation is ongoing at this time.
BPD says this is the 18th fatal motor vehicle collision in 2021 within the jurisdiction of the Bakersfield Police Department.
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The investigation has now been assumed by the Major Collision Investigations Team.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or MCIT at (661) 326-3967.