32-Year-Old Bakersfield Man Hurt in Pedestrian Accident near Teapot Dome Avenue

PORTERVILLE, CA (April 10, 2023) – Wednesday night, Leopold Kalaitzidis was injured in a pedestrian collision on Highway 65.

Authorities responded to the scene around 10:00 p.m., near Teapot Dome Avenue.

Per reports, a male pedestrian walked east into the No. 2 lane against a solid red light. As a result, a southbound truck swerved right in attempt to avoid striking the pedestrian. However, another vehicle traveling behind the truck struck the man and pushed him into the dirt median.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and airlifted 32-year-old Leopold Kalaitzidis of Bakersfield to a hospital with serious injuries. Crews listed Kalaitzidis in stable condition.

Those with further information about the pedestrian collision are encouraged to contact Sergeant Jay Starling at (559) 782-7400. Once available, further details will be provided.

Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, it is important to abide by all traffic laws and observe safety precautions. If you’re behind the wheel, do your part to avoid distractions and look out for pedestrians at all times. If you’re crossing the street, do so at designated crosswalks or intersections. When walking alongside a road, remain on the sidewalk wherever possible. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder and face oncoming traffic.

It is important to have strong legal representation on your side when injured in a pedestrian crash. Reach out to the personal injury or wrongful death attorneys at Sweet James today. With 20 years of experience in the field, they know what it takes to help you win your case. Their team understands what you are going through, and they are here to help you seek justice and compensation. Call their office at (800) 900-0000 for a free and confidential case evaluation. You can reach them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week through email, text, and online chat. For more accident news, click here.

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