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BAKERSFIELD: Gonzalo Topete Killed in Car Crash on Bear Mountain Boulevard (Highway 223)

fatal truck accidentBAKERSFIELD, California (July 26, 2016) — Gonzalo Topete, 22, has been identified as the man killed in a collision early Tuesday morning on Bear Mountain Boulevard also referred to as Highway 223 at Ashe Road, a California Highway Patrol report said.

The crash took place about 3:44 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police say the driver who died was heading eastbound on Bear Mountain Boulevard when another motorist attempted to pass the semi-tractor trailer truck but did not have clearance to do so, according to Bakersfield Now.  The victim swerved to the left to avoid the passing vehicle and was struck broadside by the truck. The person who died ended up partially underneath the big rig truck.

Police say Gonzalo Topete has been heading eastbound on Bear Mountain Boulevard when another motorist attempted to pass the semi-tractor trailer truck but did not have clearance to do so, according to Bakersfield Now.  The victim swerved to the left to avoid the passing vehicle and was struck broadside by the truck. The person who died ended up partially underneath the big rig truck.

Topete swerved to the left to avoid the passing vehicle and was struck broadside by the truck. The person who died ended up partially underneath the big rig truck.

The 22-year-old man sadly did not survive and was declared deceased at the scene.

While there were no other injuries reported, police are searching for the motorist who caused the crash.


We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family members Gonzalo Topete.

Most deadly accidents are preventable tragedies. If a negligent party has disregarded the safety of others and has led to the death of a family member, it is likely you may have the right to a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one has been a victim of a tragic accident and you believe another person is at fault, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group today to speak with one of our experienced Bakersfield lawyers at 800-235-6801.

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