• May 10, 2022

Woman Killed by Semi-Truck in Hit-and-Run on Niles St in Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA -- May 6, 2022, a woman was struck and killed by a semi-truck in a hit-and-run at an east Bakersfield intersection.

Reports say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the crossing of Niles Street and Fairfax Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was eastbound on Fairfax when the driver tried to turn right onto Niles at the intersection. While turning the truck hit a woman in the crosswalk. The truck, currently only described as a white commercial semi-truck, then continued away from the scene without stopping.

The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Semi-Truck Hit-and-Run on Niles St in Bakersfield

Hit-and-run incidents are always frustrating and saddening, but one involving a commercial truck adds disturbing layers to the matter. Not only does the victim's family deserve to see the driver apprehended and made to answer for what happened, but the public also deserves some peace of mind knowing a truck driver capable of such a heinous act is off the road.

With that said, people often feel that hit-and-runs are difficult or almost impossible to resolve. I encourage people of that mind not to lose hope; these things sometimes take a while but someone may still come forward with helpful information.

I myself handled a case where that happened: A family came to us after their loved one died in a crash caused by an 18-wheeler. The trucker fled the scene and try as they might authorities simply couldn't find the evidence they needed to track the big rig down. To help amplify their call for public assistance we kept circulating the details, and a couple eventually contacted us saying they witnessed the crash.

Woman Killed by Semi-Truck in Hit-and-Run on Niles St in Bakersfield, CA

It turns out they saw what happened, followed the truck, wrote down its company information and license plate, and only broke off pursuit because the truck driver actually tried to run them off the road. They went to the police with the information they gathered, but somehow in the shuffle of paperwork officers lost track of those crucial details and no one ever followed up. When it became clear that police weren't taking action the couple reached out to us after reading the blog. Thanks to their efforts, a truck driver answered for the devastation his actions caused. Moreover, his employer was also held responsible for their employee's negligence and his criminal abandonment of the victim.

It's possible that similar efforts in the Bakersfield accident could yield similar results. If someone out there recognizes the details of the truck (though right now there are very few), the area the crash happened, when it happened, or perhaps seeing a damaged truck nearby around that time, they could still come forward and do what's right. Investigators can then work to find out more about what caused the crash and who's responsible. I'm sure authorities are still doing their best to resolve this tragic accident, but perhaps independent efforts would also help move things forward.

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