Charles Baker, 85, Injured in Crash on Merle Haggard Drive
BAKERSFIELD (October 8, 2018) – An elderly driver was injured after a traffic collision on Merle Haggard Drive on Sunday, October 7, according to 23 ABC News and The Bakersfield Californian.
The victim has been identified as 85-year-old Charles Baker.
As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said a 2005 Honda Accord was allegedly speeding east on Merle Haggard Drive when its driver lost control of the car.
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The Accord then jumped the center divider and collided with a 2008 Buick Lacrosse driven by Baker. The Buick was traveling west when the crash occurred at around 4:30 p.m., west of Wings Way.
CHP affirmed that Baker sustained minor injuries and complained of pain to his chest as a result of the wreck. It was not specified whether he was transported to a hospital or was treated at the crash site.
Meanwhile the motorist in the Honda, 32-year-old Monica Faith Barnett, was transported to Kern Medical Center where she later died. She was from Bakersfield.
Both parties were wearing seat belts when the incident took place. The investigation is ongoing.
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Based on the news reports, the driver of the Honda Accord was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. Authorities will continue to investigate the crash, and will determine whether or not alcohol or drugs also played a role, whether or not there was a mechanical issue with the tractor-trailer and whether or not the driver was distracted prior to impact. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicles, such as point of impact, their final resting positions, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Mr. Charles Baker may possess the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost income, property damage and pain and suffering.
Contact our experienced Kern County personal injury lawyer for a free case consultation at 855-703-4186.
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