UPDATE (Jan. 6): The two people killed in the crash have been identified as 18-year-old Chandler Bay Lin and 24-year-old Donald Angelo Mcrae, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE: The semi-truck driver involved in a deadly hit and run crash has been identified as 52-year-old Aurelio Castaneda of Tulare, according to CHP.
Castaneda was arrested on suspicious of felony hit and run. CHP says two males from Bakersfield, ages 18 and 24, were killed. Their names will be released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office. CHP says DUI has not been ruled out as a possible factor for the crash.
Two people were killed in a hit and run crash Friday evening along Highway 99 near Hosking Road, and the semi-truck driver suspected of fleeing the scene has been detained by CHP officers miles away in Oildale.
CHP says the crash happened at around 5:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Hosking Road exit.
According to CHP a dark colored Elantra rear ended a semi-truck traveling in the slow lane. The sedan ended up underneath the truck’s trailer killing two people traveling in the sedan. A third person in the sedan was hospitalized with major injuries.
Following the first crash, a second vehicle collided with the Elantra. The driver of that vehicle remained on scene.
Following the first collision, CHP says, the driver of the semi-truck fled the scene. CHP Sgt. Richard Pierce said a witness followed the truck and alleges the driver of the semi-truck removed windshield debris from the truck’s trailer on White Lane just east of Highway 99.
According to CHP, the driver continued on Union Avenue and onto SR-204 and was eventually pulled over by CHP officers and Kern County sheriff’s deputies in Oildale.
The driver of the semi-truck was detained and is being investigated for felony hit-and-run.
The driver of semi-truck was not identified.
The two people killed in the collision will be identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.