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Car hits, kills 72-year-old man wearing fluorescent vest near Roberts Lane

According to the Kern County Coroner, around 9:30 a.m. on November 20, 72-year-old Ashley Frank Holland was struck by a car on Airport Drive, south of Roberts Lane.
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Posted at 3:17 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 17:27:14-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: Officials have confirmed that the man hit by a car last week on Airport Drive has died.

According to the Kern County Coroner, around 9:30 a.m. on November 20, 72-year-old Ashley Frank Holland was struck by a car on Airport Drive, south of Roberts Lane. He was taken to Kern Medical, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

CHP initially said Holland was a crossing guard hit by a car and had only suffered from a possible broken leg. Officials confirmed on Monday that he was not a crossing guard but someone standing on the corner with a fluorescent vest on.


On Wednesday morning around 9:30 a.m., CHP investigated a crash that left a crossing guard injured.

According to officials, the driver of a silver Ford Taurus was traveling southbound on Airport Drive when they prepared for a left turn onto eastbound Roberts Lane. While they were turning, at what CHP said was an unsafe speed, they ended up losing control of the car. The driver then slid onto the sidewalk where a crossing guard was standing.

Officials said the crossing guard was hit by the car. The crossing guard was taken to Kern Medical with a possible broken leg.