Fatal Crash Highway 43, Pond Road in Pond, Kern County

 Fatal Crash Highway 43, Pond Road in Pond, Kern County

One Dead in Crash on Hwy 43 in Pond

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2024) — Adolfo Raya Jr., 38, of Shafter, died and two others were injured in a fatal multi-vehicle crash last Friday on Highway 43 and Pond Road in Pond.

The collision occurred at around 2:56 p.m. between a pickup truck and another motorist, roughly a 30-minute drive northwest of Bakersfield, according to the California Highway Patrol and KGET News.

The Shafter man was driving a silver Chevrolet pickup truck westbound on Pond Road and stopped at the intersection with Highway 43, police said. Next, Adolfo Raya Jr. drove the truck into the intersection where he collided with a northbound vehicle on Highway 43.

Both vehicles wound up on the northwest shoulder of Highway 43, however, a tire from the Chevrolet truck came off and hit two other vehicles.

Two Hospitalized, One Killed in Crash

Paramedics responded and confirmed the death of the Chevrolet’s driver, but his passenger Aldo Montoya survived with major injuries and was airlifted to Kern County Medical Center.

  • Montoya’s family has set up a GoFundMe account for his medical costs.

Meanwhile, the driver the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

There were no reported injuries from the two other vehicles hit by the tire.

Police closed down Highway 43 between Pond and Schuster roads to conduct an investigation into the fatal crash.

Finally, witnesses are asked to call the California Highway Patrol in Bakersfield at 661-396-6600.


Johnson Attorneys Group hopes this news information is timely and helpful, but our law firm does not represent any of the parties mentioned above . Additionally, if you would like to contribute any information, add a GoFundMe page or have legal questions, please call 1-(855) 703-4186 as soon as possible. Our personal injury law firm is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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