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Coroner Identifies Jonathan Chaidez Soto, 32, as Pedestrian Killed in Bakersfield Hit-and-Run Crash on Columbus St

Bakersfield, CA – According to KBAK, on the night of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, a pedestrian hit-and-run collision killed a Bakersfield man identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office as 32-year-old Jonathan Chaidez Soto.

The crash occurred in the 2500 block of Columbus Street around 9:29 PM, the Bakersfield Police Department reports. Investigations indicate the driver involved drove a dark-colored sedan but fled the scene before emergency responders arrived.

Duty of Care Toward Pedestrians

Drivers are expected to provide a special “duty of care” toward pedestrians, who have greater vulnerability and are more likely to receive fatal injuries in traffic collisions. However, establishing liability can depend on multiple factors. Sorting through these complexities to determine fault is one of the services a personal injury attorney can provide.

Even after fault is established, insurance companies will attempt to minimize any claim they cannot deny. That is another place where a personal injury attorney can prove valuable by negotiating on behalf of victims to win for them the full compensation they are due.

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