He suffered major injuries when he rode dirt bike into path of car
The California Highway Patrol has released the name of the teenager critically injured in Tuesday morning.
He is Jacob Cooper, 17, who lives on Cypress Street in Valley Acres.
He was riding a dirt bike westbound on Orange Street when he crossed onto Highway 119 and into the path of a car going north on Highway 119.
Cooper was not wearing a helmet and suffered major head injures.
The car's driver, identified as Holly Melton, 42, of Taft, was unable to avoid the collision, a CHP officer said.
It is not known if Cooper stopped or not before proceeding into the intersection, CHP spokesman Will Simco said.
“We don't know if the kid actually stopped or not,” Simco said. “He pulled right out in front of her and she could not avoid a collision.”
The motorcycle was stuck in third gear after the crash, Simco said.
Cooper was thrown onto the hood of Melton's car and into the windshield before rolling off and landing on a dirt shoulder.
Melton was not injured.
Cooper also suffered a broken ankle and broken shin and abrasions in addition to his head injuries.
He was taken from the accident scene to a landing pad near the Elk Hills main entrance and transferred to a helicopter that flew him to Kern Medical Center.