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One person arrested following deadly crash on Panama Lane in Bakersfield

Collision happened at around 6:15 p.m.
Fatal Accident, Panama Lane, Bakersfield
Posted at 9:53 PM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 12:08:50-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — UPDATE (7 AM): BPD says the drivers of a Ford Mustang and a motorcycle were involved in an illegal street race.

Police say the driver of the Mustang crossed into oncoming traffic hitting another car head-on, according to police.

The driver of the car hit by the Mustang died and her passenger has moderate injuries, according to police. The woman who died in the crash was later identified as Bianca Danielle Flores, 19, of Arvin.

The motorcycle fled the scene and the driver of the Mustang is now behind bars facing several felony charges including suspicion of murder.

UPDATE: BPD says the person who died in the crash off Panama Lane and Akers Road was a 19-year-old and was a result of street racing.

Several other people were taken to the hospital as well with moderate to minor injuries. BPD says Iqbal Singh, 35, was arrested and charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and other charges.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are investigating a fatal crash on Panama Lane Wednesday night that left one person dead.

The crash happened on Panama Lane just west of Akers Road around 6:15 p.m. The Bakersfield Police Department reported that one person died. No word yet on what cause the accident or if there were any additional injuries.

Traffic was temporarily diverted during the investigation.

This is a developing story. More information as it becomes known.