UPDATE: Man who died after crashing into pole on Union Avenue identified

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UPDATE (9/28): The man who died after colliding into a pole Saturday has been identified as 41-year-old Bakersfield resident Jorge Edgardo Serrano Gomez, according to the Kern County Coroner’s Office.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) (9/25) — One person is dead after colliding with a pole early Saturday morning in South Bakersfield.

The California Highway Patrol received reports of a vehicle versus a pole in the area of Union Avenue and Ming Avenue around 1:16 a.m. When first responders arrived at the scene they located a white Kia that had collided with a pole and was fully engulfed in flames. Investigators said the Kia was going at a high rate of speed when a tow truck carrying a commercial vehicle turned into the Kia’s path. The driver of the Kia swerved to avoid the truck but slammed into the pole.

A good Samaritan attempted to extinguish the flames prior to first responders arriving, while another performed CPR on the victim, according to CHP. Ultimately, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It is not immediately known whether speed, drugs, or alcohol were factors in this collision.

Anyone with information on the crash can call the California Highway Patrol at 661-396-6600.

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