UPDATE: Coroner identifies woman found dead after crash who appeared to have died from stab wounds

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Police identify 19-year-old suspect in killing

UPDATE (May 22, 2020): The Kern County Coroner’s office identified the woman who died following a stabbing and collision on Union Avenue early Thursday morning.

The coroner identified the woman as Angelina Marie Carmen Betz, 26, of Bakersfield.

Betz was found dead following a collision at the intersection of Union Avenue and Niles Street as she was being taken to a hospital. Police said it appeared she died of the stab wounds and not the collision.

A coroner’s release Friday did not determine a cause of death.

Betz family has set up a gofundme to help with funeral expenses.

UPDATE (11:19 p.m.): Late Thursday night, Bakersfield police identified a 19-year-old woman as the murder suspect in the stabbing and killing on East 9th Street early Thursday morning.

Jennifer Maldonado / Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

Police said they are searching for Jennifer Maldonado. She is described as having brown hair, brown eyes, and weighing 150 pounds.

Maldonado is wanted for murder. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A young woman is dead following a multi-car crash early this morning but her cause of death may be related to something else. Police say she may have died from stab wounds she got before getting on.​

“It’s quiet, it’s very quiet here,” said Regina Shaw. “It’s kind of odd that something like this happened. Stuff like this never happens.”​

​The quiet neighborhood Shaw describes was disturbed overnight by what neighbors say sounded like a loud fight.​

“It sounded like a bunch of people fighting,” said Shaw. “I looked out the window and there was a bunch of people fighting.​

Shaw says she saw the group fighting in the middle of the street​.

“I saw girls and a couple of boys,”​ said Shaw.

She says she doesn’t believe the group was from the neighborhood.​

It was nearly 2 a.m. when police were called to East 9th Street, near Martin Luther King Junior Park in East Bakersfield on reports of a stabbing.

But before officers arrived.

“They jumped in a car and took off,” said Shaw.​

The stabbing victim, a woman who has not been identified, was put on someone’s car and driven toward Kern Medical.​

But they didn’t get very far. About two miles away on Mt. Vernon Avenue just two blocks from Kern Medical, according to the CHP, the car with the injured woman ran a red light at Niles Street.  

It hit another car and careened into a third car.​

The woman who had been stabbed was declared dead at the scene.

“It is believed the victim died from her injured of the assault and not the traffic collision at this time,” said Sgt. Nathan McCauley, Bakersfield Police.

Police say it appears the driver transporting the injured woman was driving drunk.​ The driver was identified as a 22-year-old Tehachapi resident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.​

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