39-Year-Old Wasco Man Killed in Fatal Collision on Planz Road

BAKERSFIELD, CA (May 17, 2022) – Early Saturday morning, 39-year-old David Cortez lost his life in a DUI collision on H Street.

The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m., in the area of South H Street and Planz Road.

Per reports, 25-year-old Christian Valencia was driving recklessly in the area. For DUI related reasons, Valencia eventually collided with a vehicle driven by Cortez.

Responding medics arrived and pronounced Cortez dead at the scene. Meanwhile, medical personnel took Valencia to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

California Highway Patrol officers suspected Valencia was under the influence at the time of the crash. As a result, authorities arrested Valencia with DUI and vehicular manslaughter after his release from the hospital.

Meantime, Bakersfield Police continue to ask anyone with information about the crash to reach them at (661) 327-7111.

The team at Sweet James offers their deepest condolences to the loved ones and friends of David Cortez. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.

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