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Kern County Sheriff's Office identifies people killed in motorcycle crash

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Posted at 10:44 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 19:08:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the two people killed in a crash that occurred Wednesday night.

Santiago Algandar Soto and his passenger Lorena Villalba Espinoza were killed when the motorcycle they were on collided with a vehicle on Wilson Road, east of S. Real Road.

Espinoza was declared dead at the scene. Soto died later from his injuries.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating a crash that happened Wednesday night in southwest Bakersfield that left a man and woman dead.

Officials said around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday they responded to the area of Wilson Rd. near S. Real Rd. for a report of a vehicle versus a motorcycle crash.

When officers arrived they found an adult woman and adult man in the road with major injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said their preliminary investigation revealed the man and woman were on the motorcycle traveling eastbound on Wilson Rd. when a woman driving a sedan westbound on Wilson Rd. failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist.

The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with investigators and officials said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.

The identity of the man and woman will be released by the Kern County Coroner's Office at a later time.

Bakersfield Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call them at 327-7111.