UPDATE: Coroner identifies man killed in crash along Hwy. 178 in Kern River Canyon

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UPDATE (Dec. 10, 2020): The coroner’s office identified the driver of a vehicle who was killed in a crash along Highway 178 last month.

The Kern County Coroner identified the man as 56-year-old Jimmy Lee Bond of Bodfish. Bond was the driver of a vehicle that went off the road and into the riverbed near Mile Marker 35 on Nov. 28. Bond was pronounced dead at the scene.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash along Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon.

According to CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page the collision was reported just after 7 p.m. near Mile Marker 35 along the highway in eastbound lanes. The driver of a vehicle was reported to be ejected after colliding with a guardrail sending the vehicle off the road and into the river below.

The #1 lane was open and debris from the crash was blocking the #2 lane, CHP said.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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