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Toddler dies in tragic Thanksgiving Day driveway car accident

California Highway Patrol reports that the a toddler was accidentally run over by someone as they were backing their car out of a residential driveway.
Adams St. accident investigation
Posted at 2:28 PM, Nov 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-25 12:58:46-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The California Highway Patrol reports that a 20-month-old girl has died following a car accident.

At around 10:08 am on Thursday in the 500 block of Adams Street in Bakersfield, Israel Saldna Jr., 18, got into a Ford Mustang in the driveway of a home intending to back out of the driveway. As Saldna did so, he accidentally struck the child who was in the driveway.

The toddler's family started CPR and called for emergency help. When medical personnel arrived, they transported her to a local hospital with major injuries. The child died at the hospital.

CHP is reporting at this time that they do not believe drugs or alcohol intoxication to be a factor in the accident.