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BPD Arrest Meylin Rosi Barrera, 19, after Multi-Vehicle Old River Rd, White Ln Crash Injures 4 in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – According to KBAK, 19-year-old Meylin Rosi Barrera was arrested Monday night, April 22, 2024, following a multi-vehicle crash at Old River Road and White Lane. The incident stemmed from an alleged illegal street race between two Chevrolet Camaros, resulting in injuries to three adults and a minor, according to police.

Around 6:53 PM on Monday, Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) officers responded to the crash at the intersection of Old River Road and White Lane. A preliminary investigation revealed that two drivers of newer model Chevrolet Camaros, one white and one black, were allegedly involved in the illegal street race heading southbound before the white Camaro crashed into several vehicles stopped at a red light on White Lane.

Eyewitnesses reported that the black Camaro possibly sustained front end and undercarriage damage and fled the scene by driving over the center median of Old River Road, heading eastbound on White Lane.

The crash resulted in minor injuries to three adults and a minor who were involved in the illegal street race. The driver of the white Camaro, identified as Meylin Rosi Barrera, 19, remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

After being medically cleared at a hospital, Barrera was arrested on charges related to participation in an illegal speed contest, reckless driving, and child endangerment. The specific details regarding the child’s involvement in the incident are currently unknown.

BPD also reminded drivers that the 3200 block of Old River Road is a north-to-south road with three lanes of travel in each direction, with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

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