Two Injured, One Killed in Crash on South Lake Road
TAFT, Calif. (March 30, 2022) — Eminglio Hernandez, 38, of Taft, was injured in a head-on crash on South Lake Road near Taft that killed a 31-year-old Taft woman.
Jose Abel Espinoza, 24, of Maricopa, was also hurt in the traffic accident.
The two-vehicle crash occurred about 12:22 p.m. on March 28th, near Gardner Field Road just southwest of Bakersfield, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP officials reported Eminglio Hernandez was riding in a 2012 Acura driven by the woman. The two were traveling eastbound on South Lake Road when for unknown reasons, the vehicle reportedly veered over into westbound lanes and collided with a white 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jose Espinoza.
The crash happened roughly three miles east of Gardner Field Road and completely blocked the roadway, police said.
Paramedics responded and located the woman who was driving the Acura lying on the right shoulder. Soon after their arrival, she died following the collision. Authorities believe she was not wearing a seat belt. Eminglio Hernandez survived the crash with injuries.
Meanwhile, Jose Espinoza suffered a serious injury. Paramedics transported both Espinoza and Hernandez to Kern Medical for further treatment.
Investigators are working on the case and will determine fault. The roadway reopened by 3:18 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation.
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