Man dead, two injured after crashing car into block wall

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This story has been updated with the name of the driver.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A driver died and his passengers were taken to the hospital after crashing into a block wall in south Bakersfield Tuesday night.

The driver has been identified as Kevin Lashawn Mallard, 51, of Bakersfield, according to the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on Old Yard Road near South Union Avenue and Watts Drive. When officers arrived they located a vehicle that drove into a block wall.

Mallard died at the scene. A woman and juvenile were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

Investigation at the scene revealed Mallard failed to negotiate a turn and struck the block wall, according to BPD. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol are factors in the crash at this time.

If you have information on this incident call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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