UPDATE (Oct. 22, 12:51 p.m.): The coroner’s office has identified the boy as Bruce Leon Cross of Bakersfield.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A 12-year-old passenger of a motorcycle was killed and the driver was injured in a collision Wednesday night on Kern Canyon Road, the Bakersfield Police Department said.
Officials said the crash involving the motorcycle happened just before 6:45 p.m. in the 9100 block of Kern Canyon Road.
Officials said the 12-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the 51-year-old motorcycle driver was hospitalized with moderate injuries. He was listed as stable at nearby hospital.
Investigators said the driver of the motorcycle lost control for unknown reasons and crashed, but speed was a factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
The 12-year-old will be identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111.
We will update this story as we learn more information.