BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A motorcyclist has been hospitalized following a collision Tuesday evening in Southwest Bakersfield and police say the woman behind the wheel of the SUV involved hid in a nearby restaurant.
The collision happened at around 5:35 p.m. in the 200 block of Coffee Road just north of the intersection at Gosford Road and Stockdale Highway.
Police said the motorcyclist — identified as an adult male — suffered moderate to major injuries and was taken to hospital where he was listed as critical.
According to police, the woman identified as Trumonikia Fields-Johnson, 40, was driving a white SUV northbound on Coffee Road and made an unsafe lane change colliding with the motorcyclist.
Police said they found the suspected vehicle abandoned nearby and Fields-Johnson was found inside a restaurant trying to hide from officers. She was arrested for hit-and-run involving injury and driving on a suspended license, police said.
Speed, alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.
The department reminds the public to be aware of motorcyclists on the road and to check blindspots and to use mirrors and turn signals before changing lanes.
Bakersfield police Sgt. Mike Gerrity urged people who may be out celebrating New Year’s to celebrate safely and not drive after drinking, or to use a ride hailing service.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111.