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Churchgoer confirms man killed in Snow Rd. crash was a pastor at Delano church

Driver of truck in crash arrested for DUI
Posted at 8:39 PM, Dec 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 21:50:40-05

The 65-year-old man who died in the crash in northwest Bakersfield on Christmas Day has been identified as Moises Lucas Garo.  

A churchgoer confirmed Garo was a pastor at The Way of Salvation Church in Delano.

A postmortem exam will be done at a later time to determine the cause and manner of death.


UPDATE (December 26, 2017 10:30 a.m.): The driver of the pick-up truck involved in the accident that led to the death of one person was arrested for a misdemeanor charge for driving while drunk. 

46-year-old Brent Spears was the driver of the 2002 Ford pick-up truck. 

The driver of the 2000 Pontiac involved in the crash was taken to Kern Medical but died due to his injuries.

The 2000 Pontiac was carrying 5 passengers from Delano. The driver has not been identified as notification is pending.Two other passengers, 72-year-old Lydia Garo and 19-year-old Kenneth Garo received minor injuries and were taken to Kern Medical. A 10-year-old juvenile and 14-year-old juvenile were also in the vehicle and were taken to Kern Medical as well, according to CHP.

It was around 4:45 p.m on Dec. 25th when the 65-year-old man driving the 2000 Pontiac came to a stop and made an unsafe U-turn in front of the truck, according to CHP.

Spears was unable to make a stop and crashed into the Pontiac, according to CHP. 


The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in northwest Bakersfield. 

It happened around 5 p.m. in the area of Snow Road and Jenica Street. 

Details of the crash were not immediately available, but the incident appeared to involve a van and a pick-up truck. 

This is a developing story, check back for updates.