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UPDATE: Anthony Jacques, 48, ID’ed as Pedestrian Killed in Suspected DUI Multi-Vehicle Crash at Oak, 24th St in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – The Kern County Coroner’s Office has identified 48-year-old Chad Anthony Jacques of Bakersfield as the man who lost his life after being struck by a car in a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of Oak Street and 24th Street on the night of July 4, 2024, KBAK reports.

Officers were dispatched to the scene following reports of a serious collision at approximately 8:39 PM. Upon arrival, they discovered Jacques suffering from severe injuries. Despite immediate medical attention, he was pronounced dead at the scene, as confirmed by the coroner’s report.

The sequence of events leading to his death began when a driver, traveling northbound on Oak Street, attempted to make an eastbound turn onto 24th Street. During the turn, the vehicle struck Jacques, who was standing on the center divider.

The driver continued forward and collided with four additional cars before coming to a stop. One of the drivers involved in the subsequent crashes sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The remaining drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement officers.

Following the incident, the driver who initially struck Jacques was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and booked into the Kern County Jail.

Wrongful Death Claims

No amount of money can bring back loved ones lost in a vehicular fatality. However, the emotional toll of such a loss is often compounded by the financial burden that falls on surviving family members.

Filing a Wrongful Death claim with the insurance provider of those who bear even partial liability can provide compensation to help cover medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of support for the deceased’s dependents.

Insurance companies have a vested interest in minimizing the payouts for claims. Therefore, the expertise of a skilled personal injury attorney is crucial in securing fair compensation and justice for the deceased.

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