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BAKERSFIELD: Woman and 2 Children Injured in Highway 99 Crash, John Wheeler Killed

BAKERSFIELD, California (July 21, 2016)  — A suspected DUI driver identified as John Emmett Wheeler, 28, refused to pull over and led police on a chose in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 before crashing into a stalled car on the shoulder, killing himself and injuring three other people, according to Bakersfield Now.

The fatal crash took place Wednesday night, just south of Bear Mountain Boulevard. Wheeler led police on the chase in his red car crashed into a silver vehicle causing it to turn over onto its right side. The red vehicle suffered major front end damage.

Paramedics responded to the scene of the crash, but the Wheeler, who was the suspected drunken driver, died of his injuries at the scene.

The occupants of the second vehicle were a woman and her two children. All three were hospitalized with minor injuries after the crash. There was also a man who was outside of that stalled vehicle, but he did not suffer any injuries.


If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a traffic accident in the Bakersfield area due to a negligent driver, contact our law firm at 800-235-6801 to request a free consultation.

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