BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The victim of this collision was identified as Mario Lewis Carrete, 64, according to a release by the Coroner’s Office. The day of the collision he was driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Highway 178 east of Democrat Road.


A head-on collision between a vehicle and motorcycle has killed at least one person Thursday on Highway 178 in the canyon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 6:27 p.m., the Bakersfield Community Center received reports of a a collision near Democrat Road, according to CHP officials. CHP officers and medical personnel responded to the scene.

Another driver, Los Banos, Calif., resident Yates Brooks, 49, was driving a 2010 Ford Edge and west on Highway 178 east of Democrat Rd. at around 35 to 40 miles per hour.

An initial investigation revealed a 64-year-old man driving a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Highway 178 east of Democrat Road.

For unknown reasons, the motorcyclist veered left and crossed over a set of double yellow lines crashing into the left side of the Ford Edge. The impact ejected the rider from his motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Traffic was briefly closed at the mouth of the canyon for investigators.

All lanes of traffic reopened at around 9:40 p.m., according to CHP.