Traffic Accident on Pond Road Left One Dead, One Injured

BAKERSFIELD, CA (April 14, 2022) – A crash on Highway 43 claimed the life of Juan Antonio Fernandez Thursday afternoon, police said.

The collision happened around 3:45 p.m. along Highway 43 and Pond Road, involving an SUV and a sedan.

Furthermore, both vehicles ended up crashing off the roadway and into a ditch.

Moreover, investigators stated that a westbound Toyota Corolla on Pond Road proceeded into the intersection and in front of a northbound Ford Expedition on Highway 43.

Eventually, both vehicles collided and left the Toyota driver, identified as Fernandez, dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the 57-year-old Ford driver Guillermo M. Valera sustained minor injuries.

Both directions of the roadway temporarily shutdown to allow for cleanup and preliminary duties.

Bakersfield Officials ruled out intoxication as a factor in the crash; however, an active investigation is currently underway.


No words can mend the broken hearts, and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Juan Antonio Fernandez.


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