Victim was passenger in car that collided with truck
A Taft man lost his life in a traffic accident on Copus Road early Friday morning.
The Kern County Coroner said Jorge Santiago Bautista, 19, was the front seat passenger who died when the Honda Accord he was riding in collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche about 6:30 a.m.
Four others were injured, including a second passenger in the Honda who was airlifted to Kern Medical Center in critical condition.
The CHP said the driver of the Honda was eastbound on Copus Road about midway between Basic School Road and Old River Road when the car collided with a large wooden crate and was pushed into the westbound lane where it collided with the Avalanche.