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Woman involved in deadly crash arrested

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 17:08:07-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the woman involved in a crash that claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy who was riding on the back of a motorcycle, headed home from church with his step-father.

An arrest warrant was issued July 1 for 37-year-old Cristina Moreno-Gonzalez for vehicle manslaughter. She was arrested by KCSO and booked into jail Friday morning, records show.

13-year-old Nicolas Peterson was killed on the corner of Coffee and Hageman roads, after the motorcycle he was traveling on with his stepfather Johnathan Deal, was involved in a collision with an SUV.

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Bakersfield family mourning loss of 13-year-old Nic Peterson

Bayan Wang, 23ABC
2:26 PM, Jan 11, 2021

The Bakersfield Police Department was dispatched to that intersection on January 10th and found Peterson and Deal, 35, with major injuries. Peterson was pronounced dead on the scene. Deal was taken to the hospital where he spent time in a medically-induced coma.

Peterson was in 7th grade at Fruitvale Junior High. He left behind two sisters, 15-year-old Abby and 12-year-old Emily.

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One boy dead after motorcycle collision in NW Bakersfield

Bayan Wang, 23ABC
2:45 PM, Jan 10, 2021

Moreno-Gonzalez, the driver of the SUV, made a left turn in front of the motorcycle traveling westbound, when the collision occurred, according to BPD.