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BPD: Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI in deadly crash

Posted at 7:04 AM, May 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-16 11:08:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — UPDATE (8:25 AM): The Bakersfield Police Department said a man was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI after his vehicle crashed into a car killing the driver in Southwest Bakersfield.

BPD said officers saw a man shortly before 12:30 a.m. driving a BMW recklessly through the area of South H Street and Planz Road and lost sight of the car before the crash. The crash happened in the area of White and Hughes lanes.

BPD said the BMW crashed into a Toyota Camry and the man driving the Camry was declared dead at the scene. He was later identified as David Cortez, 39, of Wasco.

The driver of the BMW suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital. BPD said an investigation found the driver of the BMW was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and a suspected controlled substance.

Christian Valencia, 25, of Arvin was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter and will be booked into jail after he is released from the hospital, said BPD.

Anyone with information about the crash should call BPD at 661-327-7111.


The Bakersfield Police Department said one person was killed in a crash early Friday after a driver ran a red light in Southwest Bakersfield.

BPD said the crash happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the area of Hughes and White lanes. A car ran a red light and hit another vehicle, killing another driver, said BPD.

BPD says alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor and the driver was arrested. Anyone with information, should call call BPD at 327-7111.

The roadways have since reopened.