Driver suspected in deadly 2020 Stockdale Highway hit-and-run arrested: BPD

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield police said the driver suspected of fleeing the scene of a deadly collision last year on Stockdale Highway has been arrested.

Police said officers arrested Stephanie Heninger, 42, on Friday. A Nissan Sentra suspected to have been involved in the collision was found in Riverside County and is in police possession, the department said.

The collision killed Debbie Geneau of Bakersfield. A $75,000 reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Matt Clark, an attorney representing the Geneau family, released the following statement after the announcement of the arrest:

“On behalf of the Geneau family I want to extend their sincerest thank you to BPD, and especially officer Chad Ott. It is a direct result of Officer Ott’s persistence and tenaciousness that a suspect has been brought to justice.”

Heninger was booked into the Kern County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run and is due in court on May 4.

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