Pedestrian hit by car, killed in east Bakersfield

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 10:43:29-04

UPDATE (July 23, 7:40 a.m.): The California Highway Patrol has identified the driver in this crash as Melody Cavazos, 39, of Bakersfield as the driver of the vehicle. 

During the course of the investigation it was determined, Ms. Cavazos was driving a 2003 Toyota westbound on Bernard Street approaching King Street at approximately 35 miles per hour.  

A male pedestrian was just west of Ms. Cavazos as he was utilizing the crosswalk to cross at Bernard Street from the north sidewalk to the south sidewalk.

As the pedestrian crossed southbound into the westbound lane of Bernard Street, Ms. Cavazos failed to see the pedestrian directly ahead of her and collided into the pedestrian with the front of the Toyota.  

The collision caused major injuries to the pedestrian and he was immediately transported to Kern Medical Center.  

Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. 


UPDATE (Friday, 11:15 a.m.): CHP said the pedestrian hit near Bernard and King Streets has died.

The Coroner will release the identity.


A man was critically injured after he was struck by a car in Northeast Bakersfield Thursday night.

CHP officers said a man in his 50s or 60s was hit by a Toyota Matrix near the intersection of Bernard and King Streets.

The female driver of the Toyota Matrix unfortunately did not see the man when he entered the crosswalk.

The man suffered major injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

CHP said the driver stayed at the scene.

Identities of both the driver and the pedestrian have not yet been released and the crash is still under investigation.