UPDATE (July 23): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver as 22-year-old Brandon Michael Gonzales.
UPDATE (7/20 6:00 a.m.) – The man in the Chevy Blazer was driving westbound on SR-204, east of Airport Drive at a high rate of speed, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver approached a slower vehicle traveling ahead of him and swerved to the left into the lane.
CHP said due to the unsafe turning movement, the man in the Chevy Blazer lost control of the SUV and subsequently overturned, ejecting him onto the roadway. He suffered major injuries and was transported to Kern Medical Hospital. He was later died due to his injuries.
This collision is still under investigation and alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor, said CHP. The passenger suffered moderate injuries and was also transported to Kern Medical Hospital.
UPDATE (5:25 p.m.): One person has died of their injuries from this collision, according to CHP.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — CHP says an unsafe maneuver was the cause of a rollover collision that severely injured two people Sunday afternoon along Golden State Avenue.
CHP said the crash happened just before 3 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Golden State Avenue just south of the Airport Drive exit. An off duty CHP officer saw the collision happen in his rear view mirror and was first on the scene.
Two people were traveling in the SUV at the time of the crash. CHP says the driver was attempting an unsafe pass near a construction zone at Airport Drive, lost control and rolled over the vehicle and landed on its roof. One person was ejected from the vehicle, but both suffered major injuries.
Officials said it is investigating if alcohol was a factor in the crash.
We will update this story as we learn more information.