UPDATE: Woman killed in suspected DUI crash was counselor at Vista High, KHSD confirms

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Carrie Lopez

UPDATE (4/8): The Kern High School District has confirmed that Carrie Lopez was a counselor at Vista High School.

“Her tragic death will be felt by the students, staff, friends, and family who knew and loved her,” the district said in a statement. “Grief counselors are available to help our students and staff deal with this loss. We extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Lopez’s family and ask everyone to please respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time.”

A GoFundMe account has been created to help support Lopez’s family at this time.


UPDATE (5:35 p.m., April 7): The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified a woman who died of her injuries following a late night suspected DUI-related collision Tuesday in Northwest Bakersfield.

The coroner identified the woman as Carrie Cuca Lopez, 43, of Bakersfield.

In a release Wednesday evening from the coroner’s office, Lopez was the driver of a white SUV when her vehicle was struck by another on Calloway Drive and Tumwater Avenue just before midnight. She was taken to Kern Medical where she died of her injuries a few hours later.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Bakersfield Police are investigating a suspected DUI crash that killed one person in Northwest Bakersfield just before midnight Tuesday.

Police say a car was traveling on Calloway Drive, near Tumwater Avenue, just south of Hageman Road, when the driver made a left turn into a neighborhood. The car then crashed into another driver going north on Calloway.

A woman driving one of the cars died during the crash. The other driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries .

BPD says speed and alcohol appear to be factors into the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the
Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or the Major Collision Investigations Team at 326-3967.

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