Bakersfield man in pickup failed to yield to motorcycle on Highway 166, CHP says

The names of the two men involved in a fatal motorcycle crash Friday on Highway 166 have been released.
The Kern County Coroner said John J. Vericella, 32, of Oakland, died when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck that pulled across Highway 166 and into his path.

The crash took place about 2 p.m. five miles east of Basic School Road.

The CHP said Vericella was westbound on the highway riding a 2016 Honda motorcycle when a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Augustin P. Sanchez, 58, of Bakersfield, failed to yield the right-of-way to Vericella and drove right into his path.

Vericella was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Sanchez was not injured.