UPDATE: KCSO identifies man killed after vehicle went up in flames in crash

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UPDATE (4/28): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man killed in the crash as 43-year-old Ferdinand Santiago Javier.

(4/20): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man was killed after a vehicle caught fire in a deadly crash early Tuesday in northwest Bakersfield, authorities said.

The crash happened about 3:50 a.m. at Olive Drive and Jewetta Avenue. The vehicle that burned was being towed from a Rite Aid parking lot hours later while the other vehicle, an SUV, was in a grassy area past a sidewalk on Olive Drive. Debris was strewn throughout the roadway.

Police identified each driver as a man. The man in the car that ignited died and the other was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

One of the men ran a red light, police said. It’s unclear which driver was at fault.

Police said speed was a factor, and it was unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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