Officers find out driver was one of two men who escaped serious injury

The man critically injured in the Sunday night crash on Highway 119 has died from his injuries, Taft Police reported Monday morning, and now they believe that he was not the driver of the car that slammed into a tree.

Lt. Pete Aranda said initial statements made by witnesses and those who tried to revive the injured man led them to believe that man was operating the vehicle, but now they have arrested one of the other two men in the car and believe he was in fact behind the wheel.

"We are still trying to verify that," Aranda said. "We do know that the person that was airlifted to KMC was not the driver."

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