UPDATE (8:45 AM): The California Highway Patrol said a man was killed Monday night after accelerating his car rapidly in the rain caused him to lose control of his 2009 BMW and veer into the opposite lane of traffic and crash in a Ford in Northwest Bakersfield.
CHP said an initial investigation found that the driver of a 2009 BMW traveling west on Rosedale Highway was stopped at a red light at Renfro Road, before accelerating rapidly once the light turned green. Due to the wet road, the driver lost control of his car and went into eastbound traffic and was hit by a Ford, said CHP.
The driver of the BMW, a 43-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Kern Medical, said CHP.
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in crash and the incident is still under investigation, said CHP.
A fatal accident in Northwest Bakersfield has left one person dead.
The accident happened at around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Renfro Road and involved two vehicles.
At one point the eastbound lanes were closed while crews investigated and cleaned up the accident.
No word yet as to the cause of the accident.