UPDATE (1/4/21): Police identified the alleged drunken driver as Adam Teasdale, 20. He’s in custody on $1 million bail on three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and four counts of DUI causing bodily injury. He’s due in court Tuesday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Andrew Ortiz, one of the victims, to help pay funeral expenses.
UPDATE (1/4/21): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified three men killed in the New Year’s Eve DUI crash as 20-year-olds Timothy Michael Wilson, Devin Lee Atha and Andrew Nicholas Ortiz.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Three men were killed in an alleged drunken driving crash New Year’s Eve in northwest Bakersfield.
Police were dispatched to the intersection of Brimhall Road and Jewetta Avenue around 11:15 p.m. and found a vehicle had struck a tree in the center divider.
Police said a total of five people had been traveling in the vehicle. Three passengers were ejected upon impact and died at the scene.
The male driver and another passenger suffered minor injuries.
Police said the driver was intoxicated and will be booked on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter-related charges. The names of those killed in the crash have yet to be released.
The investigation continues and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly totaled the amount of passengers in the vehicle.