Taft man died at Mercy Southwest

The Kern County Coroner said it was a Taft man who lost his life last week in a solo motorcycle accident on Highway 33 north of Taft.

Jeffrey Scott Owen, 48, was pronounced dead at Mercy Southwest Hospital at 4:47 p.m. on Dec. 29, less than an hour after the accident on Highway 33 just south of Henry Road.

The California Highway Patrol said Owen was southbound on the highway when he went into the northbound lanes to pass a line of trucks and swerved into the parking lot at Cooper's Petroleum when a truck started a left turn in front of him.

He struck two chain link fences before his motorcycle came to rest.