UPDATE: BPD held traffic enforcement effort in southwest a day before woman killed in crash due to street racing

Bakersfield

UPDATE Nov. 26: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has determined the woman killed in the crash was Maria Bianey Navarro, 58, of Bakersfield.

UPDATE: The Bakersfield Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement operation in southwest Bakersfield just a day before a woman was killed Sunday in a crash due to illegal street racing.

The department said the enforcement period was on Friday and Saturday in southwest Bakersfield, where BPD said it has gotten most racing complaints. Officers made an arrest for driving under the influence, were able to issue nine citations and impounded four vehicles. 

The department said there was also a parole violation and two people caught driving without a license.

The department said it is planning to partner with the California Highway Patrol for additional enforcement in the near future. 

“The Bakersfield Police Department is committed to protecting the lives and property of the people we serve,” said Chief Lyle Martin. “We will continue our efforts to stop the public from engaging in illegal street racing activity. We as an organization are heartbroken by this reckless disregard for our neighbors and will work hand in hand with the District Attorney’s office to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent of the law.” 

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ORIGINAL STORY: Bakersfield police have confirmed a street race killed one woman and injured two juveniles Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened on Old River road between Ming avenue and White Oak drive, down the road from the Marketplace around 4:45 p.m.

Bakersfield police say a red Mustang and grey Dodge Ram were involved in a street race when the Mustang lost control and struck a van not involved in the race.

The impact caused the van to spit out of control into oncoming traffic where it was then hit by a crane truck, killing the woman driving. Two juveniles in the van were taken to the hospital with moderate to major injuries.

The crane truck driver was not injured and remained at the scene.

The driver of the Mustang, identified by police as 50-year-old Ronald Pierce, was arrested for driving under the influence causing injury, gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated, reckless driving, reckless driving causing injury and engaging in speed contest.

Old River Road has reopened since the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Detective J. Diederich at 326-3558 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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