25-Year-Old Man Killed in Bakersfield

Head-On Collision Kills 25-Year-Old

On Tuesday afternoon, October 12th, an unidentified 25-year-old man died as the result of a head-on collision. 

The fatal accident occurred around 5:18 p.m. on State Route 178 in the eastbound lanes. 

According to CHP, the man was heading westbound before drifting into the eastbound lanes. As a result, he collided head-on with a 68-year-old woman who was driving a Ford Explorer.

Due to the impact, one of the vehicles ended up in an embankment and the other was swaying over the side of the roadway. 

Luckily, a bystander helped the driver who was over the side of the roadway get out of their vehicle. The other driver, however, was trapped inside of the vehicle and several others tried their best to help get them out.

Firefighters responded to the scene to provide aid to both drivers but unfortunately, the man died at the scene. 

Additionally, the woman sustained minor injuries. 

The California Highway Patrol is actively investigating the crash. 

Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality