Three Children Injured in Bicycle Accident near Planz Elementary School

BAKERSFIELD, CA (August 7, 2023) – Sunday evening, a hit-and-run bicycle crash on Planz Road injured Ki’won Shepperd and two other children.

Officers responded to the scene around 9:00 p.m., at the 2300 block of Planz Road near Planz Elementary School and Hughes Lane.

According to reports, the driver of a brown or gold Kia Forte rear-ended three children riding their bikes east in the two-way left turn storage lane. Upon impact, the driver did not render aid to the victims and fled the scene.

Medics arrived and rushed 12-year-old Shepperd and another child to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with life-threatening injuries.

Following preliminary duties, a witness reported spotting two vehicles racing and running a red light before one of the vehicles hit the children. Although, authorities have not confirmed if there was a second car or street racing involved.

At this time, Ki’won’s family started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.

Bakersfield Officials are encouraging anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run crash to contact them as soon as possible.

Thousands of people are injured each year due to reckless driving. If you’re behind the wheel, pay full attention to the road and your surroundings. Do not engage in any non-driving activity that creates a potential distraction. You can help prevent an accident by abiding by all traffic laws and observing safety precautions.


If you or a family member has suffered injuries in a hit-and-run bicycle crash, then reach out to Sweet James as soon as possible. Let them help you protect your legal rights and pursue compensation. Their seasoned personal injury and wrongful death attorneys will fight by your side and get what you rightfully deserve. Call their office today at 1-800-900-0000 to speak with an expert legal professional free of charge. They are here to help you and your family during this difficult time.

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