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Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash on Hwy 65 near Delano

Bakersfield, CA – According to KBAK, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, a 21-year-old woman from Bakersfield, CA, died following a three-vehicle collision east of Delano. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the crash occurred on Highway 65, south of Highway 155, at approximately 4:59 PM.

According to authorities, the events unfolded as the driver of a Toyota headed northbound on Highway 65, encountering a Ford. For reasons yet unknown, the Ford’s driver lost control, veering into the opposing lane. This led to a collision where the Ford struck the left side of the Toyota before careening uncontrollably and colliding with a Honda behind the Toyota.

Tragically, a passenger in the Toyota lost her life as a result of the crash. Other occupants in both the Toyota and the Honda sustained moderate to severe injuries and were transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

The identity of the deceased victim will be disclosed by the Kern County Coroner’s Office pending their investigation. Authorities are also examining the potential involvement of alcohol or drugs in contributing to this devastating accident.

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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