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  • Truck driver pleads no contest in Mansell fatal, gets time served

  • Bakersfield man served one day, fined for accident that killed man, critically injured boy
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  •  The man charged with causing the fatal motorcycle crash in 2013 that killed a Taft man and severely injured the man's 12-year-old son pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday.
    Chad Michael Harrelson, 36, of Bakersfield was sentenced to one day of time already served, fined $220 and placed on 3 years probation, Kern County Superior Court records show.
    An additional charge, making an illegal left turn, was dismissed.
    Harrelson was the driver of a truck that was making a left turn from Highway 33 onto Wood Street and into the path of a motorcycle driven by Robert Mansell.
    The crash killed Mansell and left his son, Nick, with severe injuries.
    Nick Mansell lost his left leg in the crash but is recovering.