McLaughlin was a prominent figure in Kern County

Posted at 8:02 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 23:02:33-04

81-year-old Melvin McLaughlin has been identified as the victim of a car crash late Tuesday morning at 7th Standard Road and Golden State Highway. 

California Highway Patrol says McLaughlin had started to go through the intersection after the light had turned green.

He was hit on the driver's side by a man who ran through a red light. The other driver has been identified as 30-year-old Lorenzo Alonzo.

McLaughlin died at the scene.

CHP says they received a tip on Wednesday that Alonzo was at Kern Medical Center visiting the passenger who was in the vehicle with him at the time of the crash and they arrested him.

CHP says they believe Alonzo was driving under the influence and had previous DUI's.

He has been booked in Kern County jail for first degree murder, among other charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

McLaughlin was a former Kern County fire captain, member of the Wasco City Council and, most currently, was the chairman of the Kern County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). 

Rebecca Moore, who worked with McLaughlin at LAFCo, says he was a tremendous leader and great person who loved his family.