Erick Gonzalez Torres Arrested Following Solo-Vehicle Crash near Jameson Avenue Kills 16-Year-Old

RIVERDALE, CA (February 14, 2023) – Sunday morning, a suspected DUI crash on Elkhorn Avenue claimed the life of Jesus Heriberto Rodriquez.

The incident happened on February 12th, at around 5:30 a.m., near Elkhorn Avenue and Jameson Avenue.

According to investigations, Erick Gonzalez Torres was driving a Toyota Tacoma when he lost control of the vehicle and it went off the road. The speed and momentum of the truck caused it to overturn several times.

As a result, Rodriquez, who was one of the passengers in the truck, was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained serious injuries. Investigators reported that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Emergency crews to the crash attempted life-saving efforts but were unsuccessful. Medics pronounced 16-year-old Jesus Heriberto Rodriquez, of Mexico, dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the two other passengers in the truck– a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old – sustained minor injuries. They were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Following the collision, police arrested 25-year-old Erick Gonzalez Torres, of Bakersfield, on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

The Sweet James team sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Jesus Heriberto Rodriquez.

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