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Pedestrian killed after being struck by a car in Bakersfield

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car that was possibly involved in a street race according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Fatal Police Racing Accident
Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 17:36:02-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Bakersfield police are investigating a deadly hit and run accident Thursday night that may have involved two cars that were street racing. Officers are looking for a white sedan with damage to the front driver's side of the car.

Officials said they were notified of a pedestrian hit by a car just before 8:30 p.m. near Chester Ave. and West Columbus Street. When they arrived they found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries.

He was taken to a hospital before he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told officers that the vehicle involved left the scene and was allegedly involved in a street race.

Officers say whenever you're crossing the street to remain vigilant.

"As a pedestrian when you cross the roadway you're taking your life into your own hands because the car is going to win every single time. Whether you're in a marked or unmarked crosswalk it doesn't matter. You have got to get across the street as quickly as possible," said Sgt. Chance Koerner of the Bakersfield Police Department.

If you have any information you're asked to give Bakersfield police a call at 327-7111.