UPDATE: Man identified in Nov. 13 fatal crash on Merced Avenue

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Update (Nov. 19, 8:37 a.m.): The man has been identified by coroner’s officials as Clarence Cabitt Canaan of Bakersfield.

UPDATE (11/16): A 66-year-old Bakersfield man was killed in Friday’s crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The department said the motorcycle was heading northbound on Highway 65 while a semi truck was heading southbound when the man attempted to pass an uninvolved vehicle within the center of Highway 65, at which point the vehicle was struck by the passing semi.

The motorcyclist was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.


UPDATE: According to Cal Trans, SR-65 is now open in both directions following a fatal crash on Merced Avenue.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — At least one person was killed in a crash on Merced Avenue off SR-65 Friday afternoon.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the crash happened around 2:45 p.m. when a motorcycle collided with a semi-truck. SR-65 is currently closed in both directions at Merced Avenue due to the collision, according to Cal Trans. Alternate routes are advised.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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