BAKERSFIELD, CA (November 24, 2019) – 57-year-old Maria Vianey Navarro was killed and two children were injured when their van was hit by a vehicle involved in a street race on Old River Road.
Just before 5 p.m., a Mustang and Dodge Ram were racing each other in the northbound lanes of Old River Road when the driver of the Mustang reportedly lost control and struck Navarro’s van. Navarro was not involved in the street race itself.
Navarro’s van then spun out into oncoming traffic and was struck by another truck, also not involved in the street race. Navarro was pronounced dead at the scene, and two children in the back seats were transported to the hospital with moderate and major injuries.
50-year-old Ronald Pierce, the driver of the mustang, was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and reckless driving causing injury, among other charges.
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