Man killed in crash along Comanche Drive east of Bakersfield identified

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) UPDATED (10/18) — The man who died after a head-on collision with a semi truck Saturday evening has been identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

The man has been identified as Eleazar Rivera Mejia, 32, of Arvin, according to the coroner’s office.

Mejia’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Comanche Road at unknown speed when it veered into the northbound lane and drove into the front of the semi truck, according to the California Highway Patrol. Mejia was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi truck was not injured.

(10/16) — At least one person has died in collision Saturday evening along Comanche Drive east of Bakersfield.

The collision was reported just before 7 p.m. at Comanche Drive and Hermosa Road, according to CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known, but a vehicle was reported to have collided with a semi truck and a pole. At least one person was pronounced dead by emergency responders. It was not clear if anyone else was injured.

Southbound traffic on Comanche Drive is shut down at Muller Road.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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