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UPDATE: Coroner's office identifies two men killed in crash Saturday

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 16:29:11-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE (April 26, 2021): The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified the two men killed in Saturday's accident.

According to the coroner, 72-year-old Wayne Eugene Stedman was the driver of the vehicle that collided with a pillar on westbound Golden State Highway, east of Q Street in Bakersfield. The coroner's office also identified the passenger that died as 49-year-old Salvador Alvarez Vargas.


Two men have died following a single-vehicle crash in Central Bakersfield Saturday evening, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

The collision occurred along Golden State Highway and Q Street at about 6:12 p.m., BPD confirmed in a press release.

When officers arrived, they found a car that collided head-on with a pillar along. Both men inside the vehicle died on the scene.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor, according to the release.

BPD asks anyone with information to call their department at 661-327-7111.