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Documents show Ronald Pierce was driving 133 mph before deadly crash

Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 16:59:23-05

Court documents obtained by 23ABC show that Ronald Pierce Jr. was driving under the influence and as fast as 133 miles per hour right before a deadly crash in Southwest Bakersfield on Sunday.

According to documents, a Ford Mustang driven by Pierce and a gray Dodge Ram were racing Northbound on Old River Road when the Mustang lost control and hit a passing minivan.

The van spun out into the Southbound lane into oncoming traffic. The van was then broadsided by a crane truck.

The Kern County Coroner's Office confirmed that 58-year-old Maria Navarro was killed in the crash. Two minors were also hurt in the crash.

Documents state Pierce "drove so recklessly and dangerously that he displayed indifference to human life, and these actions directly caused the death of (Navarro) with implied malice aforethought. ..."

Pierce faces a handful of felonies, including second-degree murder. He's scheduled to be back in court Wednesday.