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  • Murder warrant issued in fatal motorcycle crash

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  • A warrant alleging murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run has been issued for the man accused of a drunk-driving motorcycle crash that killed a young Bakersfield man near Taft in January.
    Ronald Carey Marshall Jr. 30, is charged with second degree murder because of prior DUI convictions.
    In addition to the other charges, Marshall is also charged with felony drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.
    Marshall is currently at large and will be featured in this week's Taft's Most Wanted.
    Marshall was arrested a short time after the crash that killed Christopher Dross, 29, or Bakersfield but released pending further investigation.
    The charges come after a 7-month investigation into a crash that occurred on January 26 on Highway119 just north of Midway Road.
    The CHP said Marshall was driving a motorcycle through a curve on Highway 119 when the bike struck the guard rail, causing Dross to be ejected and suffer fatal injuries.
    Marshall left the scene however, and when the Sheriff's deputies, the CHP, firefighters and ambulance crews arrived only Dross' body mark the accident scene.
    Marshall later returned and was arrested early on January 26.
    He was released a short time later while the CHP's MAIT (Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team) conducted an in-depth investigation into the crash.
    Kern County Deputy District Attorney Michael Yraceburn confirmed to the Taft Midway Driller in late July that he had forwarded a complaint to Kern County Superior Court to obtain the warrant.

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