UPDATE: Woman found dead after crash early Thursday appears to have died from stab wounds

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 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A woman found dead after a multi-vehicle crash early Thursday is believed to have died from stab wounds and not injuries suffered in the collision, police said.

Police detectives began a homicide investigation related to the stabbing and the California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

At about 1:47 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1100 block of East 9th Street to a report of a stabbing. Before officers arrived, the victim was put into a private vehicle and was being driven to a local hospital when the vehicle she occupied collided with two other vehicles at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Niles Street, police said.

The woman’s name has not yet been released by the coroner’s office.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – At least one person has died after a three-car crash in East Bakersfield early Thursday morning.

The California Highway Patrol reports that just before 2 a.m. the driver of a Honda Civic ran a red light, and hit two other cars near the intersection of of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Niles Street, just blocks from East Bakersfield High School.

Ashley Garness, 22, the driver of the Honda Civic, suffered moderate injuries and was arrested for DUI. According to CHP, a passenger in the Honda Civic was en route to the hospital with unknown injuries before the crash happened, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another driver in a different car, identified as a Volvo C70, had minor injuries. Officers say the driver of the third car, involved in the accident, identified as a Nissan Sentra, drove off.

Police are investigating what led up to the crash and how the passenger of the Honda sedan died.

Mt. Vernon Avenue is currently closed between Niles and Oregon Streets as the Bakersfield Police Department investigates.

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