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Coroner identifies teen killed in rollover crash in East Bakersfield

Police say a 14-year-old was behind the wheel
Posted at 2:37 AM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 20:06:25-04

UPDATE (March 16, 2018 5:08 p.m.); The Kern County coroner has identified the the juvenile killed in a rollover crash Tuesday afternoon as 17-year-old Cesar Salgado Ortiz. 

The teen was a passenger in an SUV that crashed in the 2600 block of Morning Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the coroner. 

A postmortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death of the 17-year-old.


Family has identified Cesar Ortiz as the teenager killed in a rollover crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Bakersfield Police say 17-year-old Ortiz was killed after he and another 17-year-old passenger were ejected from a car driven by a 14-year-old.

Family confirmed to 23ABC that the 14-year-old driver was Ortiz' girlfriend and the mother of his 6-month-old son.

BPD says they responded to the 3300 block of Morning drive around 3:45 P.M. Tuesday and discovered a single-car rollover crash. They say the car appeared to have left the roadway before flipping; ejecting two passengers.

All three teens were taken to the hospital, BPD says. Ortiz was pronounced dead, and the other, along with the driver, were treated for moderate to minor injuries. 

Ortiz' family says they will not be pressing charges on the driver.

BPD says the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and at this time no arrests have been made. 

BPD says they will submit their investigation to the District Attorney's office and it will ultimately be up to them to file charges against the driver.