Man killed after vehicle plunges into Poso Creek identified as 21-year-old Michael Eller

Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 21:31:04-05

UPDATE (Feb. 13, 2017, 9:26 a.m.): The Kern County coroner has identified the male killed in the Poso Creek crash as 21-year-old Michael Ray Eller.

He was in a car that left the road, entered Poso Creek and was submerged. He was stuck in the vehicle for hours. Eller was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem exam is scheduled to determine the cause of death.


UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2017, 2:04 p.m.): A male in his twenties was found inside the vehicle that crashed into Poso Creek early this morning.

No one else was found inside the vehicle, and one female was rushed to the hospital with unknown injuries.


UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2017, 1:47 p.m.): At least one person has been found dead from the car that went into Poso Creek earlier this morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, they are now calling this accident a fatality, and the coroner has been called to the scene.


The Kern County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team is working to find any possible passengers who may have been in a car that crashed into Poso Creek around 2 a.m. on Thursday, February 9. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, a car crashed off westbound Round Mountain Road around 2 a.m. Thursday. The CHP says a woman, identified as 27-year-old Crista Skaggs, made it out of the car, which overturned and ended up on its roof. 

At about 10 a.m., two men who were "mushroom hunting" say they heard the woman. They tried to rescue her, but were not able to. 

At that time KCSO's search and rescue team showed up and were able to rescue the woman. She told crews that she was the passenger in the car and that a man was driving. The driver is who crews are now looking for. 

The woman was taken to a hospital. Her condition is not known. 

This story is developing.