Police say alcohol may have been involved in collision that killed Francisco De La Cruz

The Kern County Coroner has identified the victim of a head-on collision on Highway 119 in southwest Bakersfield Sunday as a Taft man.

Francisco Javier De La Cruz, 25, died at Kern Medical at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, just over two hours after The truck was struck by a car that swerved into his lanes on the highway just west of Stine Road.

De La Cruz was trapped in the wreckage of his truck and had to be extricated by firefighters.

He was airlifted from the scene.

The driver of the other car, who was not identified, and a passenger in the car, both suffered moderate to major injuries, according to firefighters and Bakersfield Police.

They were also pinned in the wreckage of their car for a time.
Both were transported to Bakersfield hospitals by ground ambulance.

Their names have not been released.

Police said the car, a Nissan Altima, was eastbound on the highway just west of Stine Road about 10:15 a.m. when it swerved into the westbound lanes and collided with De La Cruz' pickup.

The crash is being investigated as a possible DUI case.

"It appears that alcohol is a contributing factor for the driver of the silver sedan. Neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor for the driver of the pickup," Bakersfield Police said in a news release.

Taft Highway between Stine and Ashe Road was closed for more than two hours while police investigated the crash.