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Javontae Murphy, Devin Rufus Arrested in Bakersfield Fatal Crash

Javontae Murphy, Devin Rufus Arrested in Bakersfield Fatal CrashJavontae Murphy and Devin Rufus Suspects in Deadly Hit-and-Run Collision on Panama Lane

Bakersfield, CA (July 13, 2021) – Police arrested Javontae Murphy and Devin Rufus in relation with a fatal car crash that occurred on Panama Lane in March.

The Bakersfield Now reported on March 17, three vehicles participated in a street race. The illegal activity started in the 6800 block of Panama Lane.

Preliminary investigation revealed all motorists reached high speeds, approximately exceeded 100 miles per hour.

At some point during the race, all automobiles became airborne. Authorities said one vehicle nearly hit an unoccupied car in the area as it landed. The second vehicle ended up crashing into the center median along the roadway. Lastly, the third vehicle drove away after landing upright .

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Bakersfield Car Crash [March 17]

The article published online confirmed the driver of the first car died as a result of the incident. In addition, the occupants of the second car sustained major injuries from the collision.

Investigators eventually identified the driver and passenger who left the scene. On July 9, police arrested 23-year-old Javontae Murphy. While on July 12, police arrested 22-year-old Devin Rufus on July 12.

The driver, Murphy, was charged with second-degree murder; hit-and-run; assault with a deadly weapon; street racing; driving under the influence; destruction of evidence; and others.

Meanwhile, Rufus was arrested for accessory to hit-and-run; and aiding and abetting street racing.

Further investigation on the case is underway.


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