Bakersfield Accident Leaves Woman Dead on Union Avenue 

The woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Bakersfield has been ID’d as Vivian Lajoy Pope. 

The incident took place at 9:47 p.m. on Union Avenue on August 20th.

Pope sustained life-threatening injuries and sadly died at the scene. 

The driver was reportedly driving a dark sedan but has not been located at this time. 

An active investigation remains underway. Anyone with information is advised to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Vivian Lajoy Pope.

According to statistics, 20% of pedestrian fatalities include fleeing drivers. In addition, 68% of those killed in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians and bicyclists. 

There was also a 26% increase in pedestrian deaths in California from 2014-2018.

In addition, California’s pedestrian fatality rate is about 25% higher than the national average.

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.

Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.

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