Bakersfield PD arrest driver, Lisa Core, involved in Panama Lane crash that killed teen, child

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UPDATE (10 p.m.) — Family have identified the brother and sister killed in a crash involving an accused DUI driver on Panama Lane and have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral costs.

Family have identified the brother and sister as JJ Malone, 19, and Caylee Brown, 10.

A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for funeral their costs. You can donate to it at this link. More than $7,500 has been donated to it so far.

Meanwhile, the accused driver, Lisa Core, has been booked into the Kern County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license for DUI.

Core is being held without bail and is due in court on Friday, according to a Kern County inmate database.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Police said they have arrested the driver involved in the crash that killed a 19-year-old man and a 10-year old girl on Panama Lane in south Bakersfield for murder and suspicion of DUI.

Bakersfield police identified the driver as Lisa Core, 46. The department said Core was arrested for murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and is a previously convicted DUI driver.

According to police, Core is the driver who lost control of her vehicle at around 1:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of Panama Lane near South H Street striking and killing two people. Family said they were a 19-year-old and his 10-year-old sister.

The 19-year-old and the girl were standing on the corner of Panama and Hammond Way at about 1:15 p.m. when the westbound sedan crossed the eastbound lanes and jumped the curb on the south side of Panama.

After striking the pedestrians, the car hit a tree and was still there, its hood crumpled, two hours after the crash.

The two were pronounced dead at the scene.

Core was hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries and police said she will be booked into the Kern County Jail once released.

The 19-year-old man and 10-year-old girl were the 52nd and 53rd pedestrian deaths this year in Kern County, according to a 17 News count.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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