CHP: 5 people killed, 1 severely injured in State Route 43 collision


The family of three of the teens involved in Sunday’s deadly crash on State Route-43 have set up a GoFundMe.

Family members say 19-year-old Kaleb Garza and 14-year-old Madysyn Garza died in the crash. Their brother, 17-year-old Ethan Garza was airlifted to Kern Medical with major injuries.  Their father, 40-year-old Adam Garza and step-sister were also killed in the crash, according to the GoFundMe. 

A comment left on the GoFundMe says Kaleb Garza graduated from Golden Valley High School last year and was a very bright student and member of the Chamber Singers and band. 

CHP says five people were killed and one was severely injured following a head-on collision along State Route 43 in Wasco Sunday night.

The crash was first reported on the CHP Traffic Incident Page just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday on State Route 43 near Wasco Avenue involving a pickup truck and a sedan.

CHP says the pickup truck traveling southbound on State Route 43 veered into the northbound lane and collided with the sedan carrying five people heading home from a quinceañera practice in Bakersfield. 

CHP Public Information Officer Robert Rodriguez said three adults and two juveniles were killed. One of the survivors of the crash — described as a teenage boy — was airlifted to Kern Medical with major injuries, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the driver of the truck, a woman, was killed in the crash, but is suspected to be driving while under the influence of alcohol. 

The roadway between Dresser Avenue and Kimberlina Road was closed following the crash but has since reopened. 

CHP has closed all traffic on State Route 43 between Dresser Avenue and Wasco Avenue and will remain closed for hours, likely affecting Monday morning traffic.

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