UPDATE (2/2): Mendoza was charged Tuesday with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two DUI-related charges. He did not appear in court because he’s being quarantined as part of COVID-19 precautions. He’s scheduled to be formally arraigned Wednesday.
UPDATE (2/1): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in Sunday’s alleged DUI collision as 52-year-old Saul Chavez Muniz and Guadalupe Aguilar Monreal, 46. The children of Muniz are now asking for donations to transport his body to Mexico to be laid to rest. The family of Monreal are asking for donations to help support her four children financially.
(1/31): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Two people were killed and two were seriously injured in a three-vehicle DUI collision early this morning.
The Bakersfield Police Department said at around 2:17 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Union Avenue and Brundage Lane after receiving reports of a major-injury collision involving three vehicles.
Two adults suffered life-threatening injuries due to the collision and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to BPD. Two additional adults suffered major injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. They are currently listed in critical condition, the department said.
BPD said the cause of the collision was determined to be a DUI driver. Jesus Moran Mendoza, 34, was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury. The investigation is ongoing.