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Bakersfield Police Department investigating deadly vehicle versus pedestrian crash in Northwest Bakersfield

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 00:44:24-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating a deadly vehicle versus pedestrian crash that happened in Northwest Bakersfield Tuesday evening.

Officers were called to Coffee Rd. near Granite Falls Rd. just after 6:45 p.m. for the collision.

According to police, an adult man, approximately 85 years old, was crossing Coffee Road outside of a crosswalk when a driver hit him.

Investigators said the man crossing the road died at the scene. The driver stayed and is cooperating with police.

Officials said it does not appear the driver was speeding, but Sergeant Kenneth Sporer added that the portion of Coffee Road has a speed limit of 55 miles per hour which he said is relatively fast for a city street.

"Pedestrians need to use due regard and cross at crosswalks and intersections and use the signal lights to stop the traffic and on the flip side by all means cars need to yield to pedestrians that they see anywhere whether or not they're in a crosswalk or otherwise." said Sergeant Sporer.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. The identity of the man who died will be released by the Kern County Coroner's Office at a later time.