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BAKERSFIELD: Melvin McLaughlin, 81, Killed in DUI Crash at Golden State Highway and 7th Standard Road

Alleged DUI Driver, Alonzo Francisco, and his Passenger, Ashley Patlan, Badly Injured

bakersfield fatal crash golden chain highway and 7th standard roadBAKERSFIELD ( August 2, 2016)- Per the California Highway Patrol, a fatal crash occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Golden Chain Highway and 7th Standard Road.

The incident was first reported to police officials at 10:21 a.m.

Officers confirmed two vehicles were involved and described a black Dodge Charger and a second unknown vehicle.

Bakersfield Now provided an update confirming that one of the drivers was under the influence and caused the crash by running a red light.

In a report by The Bakersfield Californian, CHP said 30-year-old Alonzo Francisco was traveling west on 7th Standard Road when he struck a Toyota Prius driven by 81-year-old Melvin McLaughlin.

McLaughlin was pronounced dead at the scene. Prior to the wreck, the 81-year-old man had been stopped southbound on Golden State Avenue before entering the intersection with 7th Standard.

Meanwhile, CHP affirmed that Francisco and his 30-year-old passenger, Ashley Patlan, were both transported to Kern Medical Center with major injuries.

Francisco was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family members of Mr. Melvin McLaughlin during such a difficult time.

If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a collision involving a negligent driver, Johnson Attorneys Group can help ensure you get the best possible settlement for all of your losses. Call us for a free and confidential consultation at 800-235-6801. There is no obligation to hire our Bakersfield personal injury and wrongful death law firm, but if you do ask us to represent you there are no attorneys fees unless we obtain a settlement for you.

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