Reports forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney seeking criminal charges

Taft Police have concluded their investigation into the fatal Labor Day collision in Taft and have forwarded a report to the Kern County District attorney seeking criminal charges against the driver of the truck that collided with a motorcycle, killing a Taft man and critically injuring his son.

Taft Police Lt. Pte Aranda confirmed Tuesday afternoon that his department is seeking a complaint against truck driver Chad Harrelson but declined to say what those charges might be.

“Until we get some word on it from the district attorney, we are not going to discuss it,” Aranda said.

He would only confirm that the Taft Police have found the truck driver was at fault and requested a complaint.

“At this time we are not going to say what charges the officers are recommending,” Aranda said.

Harrelson, 38, of Bakersfield was driving northbound on Highway 33 in a tractor-trailer combination.

Robert Mansell, 56, was southbound on the highway on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with his 12-year-old son Nick as a passenger.
The two vehicles collided near the intersection of Wood and Highway 33.

Robert Mansell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nick Mansell suffered major injuries and is undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

He lost a leg in the crash and suffered multiple fractures.