Taft man fell from roof of truck as it went through intersection, preliminary investigation shows

The young Taft man killed in Taft Heights early Sunday may have been “car surfing” when the accident occurred.

Taft Police Lt. Pete Aranda said a preliminary investigation into the death of Jacob Foust, 24, shows the young man fell from the top of a crew cab pickup as it drove through the intersection of Arroyo Way and Philippine Street just before 2 a.m.

The driver of the truck, Daryl Jones, 31, was arrested and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving, according to police. Jones was booked into the Kern County Sheriff's central receiving facility in Bakersfield and later released on $130,000 bail.

Aranda said Foust had been riding in the truck driven by Jones.

“Preliminary investigation is indicating the victim was a passenger in the crew cab pickup,”
Aranda said. “While the driver was driving the vehicle he climbed out of the back window and up on the cab and was 'vehicle surfing' when he lost his balance as the vehicle crossed the intersection of Arroyo and Philippine. He fell from the top of the cab, rolled off and onto the roadway.”

Foust was pronounced dead at the scene from head trauma.