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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Update: Police seek manslaughter charge in fatal Labor Day accident

  • Case submitted to DA recommends vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, failure to yield to oncoming traffic
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  • Taft Police are asking the Kern County District Attorney to file a charge of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and failing to yield to oncoming traffic against the truck driver accused of causing a fatal Labor Day weekend accident in Taft.
    Vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence is a misdemeanor.
    Police submitted their reports to the district attorney earlier this week.
    Police initially declined to specify which charges the were seeking when the news broke on Tuesday, but today Lt. Pete Aranda released the charges being sought.
    No criminal charges have yet been filed. The district attorney is reviewing the case report submitted by police before deciding whether or not to file charges.
    Chad Harrelson of Bakersfield was the driver of a truck that collided with the motorcycle driven by Robert Mansell, 56 of Taft, and critically injuring Mansell's 12-year-old son Nick.
    The young boy is undergoing multiple surgeries and recovering at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
    Harrelson, 36, was not injured in the crash.
    Drugs or alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Aranda said.
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