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Bakersfield Woman, 21, Killed in Multivehicle Crash on Hwy 65 Near Delano

Bakersfield, CA — A three-vehicle crash east of Delano has claimed the life of a 21-year-old Bakersfield woman, according to KBAK. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at approximately 4:59 PM on Highway 65, south of Highway 155.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that the driver of a Toyota was traveling northbound on Highway 65 when they approached a Ford. The driver of the Ford lost control for reasons yet to be determined, crossing into the opposing lane. The Ford then broadsided the left side of the Toyota and continued uncontrollably, striking a Honda that was following behind the Toyota.

Unfortunately, a passenger in the Toyota lost their life as a result of the crash. Other passengers in both the Toyota and the Honda sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office at a later time. CHP is actively investigating the incident, including the possibility of alcohol or drugs contributing to the crash.

Wrongful Death Claims

Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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