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UPDATE: Coroner identifies 19-year-old man killed in Hwy. 43 crash Sunday

Posted at 8:23 AM, Nov 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:37:48-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE 11/30): The Kern County Coroner has identified Esteban Sanchez Jr., 19, as the man killed in Sunday’s crash.


A two-vehicle crash has killed at least one person in Southwest Bakersfield early this morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at about 2:30 Sunday morning a 19-year-old driver drifted off the roadway and overturned within the eastbound lane at Panama Lane and Highway 43.

The vehicle landed on its roof and 20 minutes later a Toyota Camry collided into that vehicle at an unknown speed.

CHP said the 19-year-old man of the initial crash was not wearing a seatbelt and he died at the scene.

Police said neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor in either of these crashes.

According to CHP the other driver was taken to a local hospital with major injuries.