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California Highway Patrol investigating deadly crash involving pedestrian in Wofford Heights

Posted at 12:00 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 03:00:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left a 17-year-old girl dead.

According to the CHP on Friday Oct. 25, around 8:20 p.m. officers were dispatched to reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian on Evans Rd., east of Quail Lake in Wofford Heights.

CHP said through their investigation they determined Kassidy Lynn Phillips, 17, was walking westbound on the north shoulder of Highway 155, also known as Evans Rd., when the driver of a white BMW vehicle, Heidi Jeremiah, 30, drove onto the shoulder and struck Phillips.

Officials said Phillips had major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Kern County Fire Department personnel.

The white BMW was seen fleeing the scene and a partial license plate was obtained, according to CHP. A witness located the white BMW with a matching license plate number on Highway 155 at Pala Drive and notified Kern County Sheriff's Department of the vehicle’s location.

KCSO deputies located the suspect vehicle and detained its two occupants. Jeremiah, the suspect driver was determined to be impaired at the time of the collision.

She was arrested for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated and Felony Hit and Run. The incident remains under investigation.