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Bakersfield, CA – Maria Blaney Navarro Killed in Crash Involving Driver Suspected of Street Racing

Posted on November 27, 2019 | Written By: iadminlaw

Woman Killed in Crash Involving Driver Suspected of Street Racing in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, CA (November 27, 2019) – Maria Blaney Navarro died in a collision late Sunday afternoon in Bakersfield involving a driver suspected of street racing. The November 24 incident occurred on Old River Road, in an area between White Oak Avenue and Ming Avenue.

The time was roughly 4:45 p.m.

Reports say two vehicles—described as a Mustang, red in color; and a Dodge Ram, gray in color—had been racing each other, according to police.

The Mustang struck the minivan Navarro had been driving, and the minivan went spinning out of her control and into the path of a crane truck. The crane truck struck the minivan broadside.

Navarro—who was identified on Tuesday by the Kern County Coroner’s office—was killed in the crash. She was a resident of Bakersfield, 58 years old. Navarro had not been involved in the alleged street racing.

Two children had been traveling in the minivan with Navarro. The children were hurt in the incident, but the types of injuries they suffered have not been reported. Their injuries were described as moderate to major.

Their current condition is not known. Their ages and gender have not been reported.

Authorities arrested the person who is suspected to have been driving the Mustang when the crash occurred. He was identified as Ronald Dean Pierce, Jr., 50 years old.

Pierce was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, reckless driving, reckless driving causing injury, and engaging in a speed contest. A second-degree murder charge was later added.

The person who had been driving the crane truck stayed at the incident site. The identity of the truck driver has not been reported.

Investigators are continuing their work to gather information and evidence. They are searching for the person who had been driving the Dodge Ram that was involved in the alleged street race.



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