Officials identify suspected DUI driver in Sunday night’s fatal crash near Wasco


Officials have identified the suspected DUI driver in the crash that took the lives of four members of the Garza family as well as her own.

Maria Rodriguez, 47, of Shafter, was the driver of a truck that veered into the northbound lane of State Route – 43 and collided with the sedan carrying five people heading home from a quinceañera practice in Bakersfield on Sunday night. 

CHP says five people were killed:

  • Adam Garza, 40
  • Kaleb Garza, 19
  • Madysyn Garza, 14
  • Jordan Garza, 11
  • Maria Rodriguez, 47

One family member who survived the crash on Highway 43, 17-year-old Ethan Garza, was airlifted to a local hospital.

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