BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man listed as critical at a hospital, is under arrest and accused of homicide after a series of “intentional” crashes Saturday night in Bakersfield that left one person dead and four others injured.
Bakersfield police have not identified the man who drove a pickup truck with a utility trailer Saturday involved in the three separate collisions. Officials say he was arrested for homicide and assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials said the first collision was reported at around 9:40 p.m. in the 4200 block of Jewett Avenue. Investigators say the driver of the pickup truck intentionally rammed a vehicle, and when he tried to ram the vehicle a second time, he struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Q and West Columbus streets.
Two people inside the vehicle were treated at the scene for minor injuries, while the pedestrian was taken to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries, according to police.
Following the pedestrian collision at Q and West Columbus, investigators say the pickup truck driver drove off and collided head-on with a vehicle in the 3900 block of Q Street. The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man identified as Everardo Perez Jr., suffered major injuries in the collision and was taken to Kern Medical where he later died. A female passenger in the vehicle was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
In a release, police said they believe all of the collisions were “intentional acts.” The driver of the pickup truck suffered major injuries and was listed as critical at a hospital.
The investigation into the incident is under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.