Male Driver Fatally Struck by Vehicles in Deadly Crash near Merle Haggard Drive

BAKERSFIELD, CA (January 27, 2022) – Early Tuesday morning, a man was fatally struck in a semi-truck collision on Highway 99.

The crash happened around 2:07 a.m., just north of Merle Haggard Drive.

As per preliminary investigation reports, a driver caused a crash on the highway and attempted to flee the scene on foot. After crossing the center divider, the man was hit by a passing semi-truck just south of Lerdo Highway.

Due to the extent of injuries sustained, medics pronounced the male pedestrian dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the driver of the semi-truck did not stop and fled southbound.

Either intoxication of alcohol or drugs is being considered as a factor of the deadly collision. Although, an active investigation into the semi-truck collision on Highway 99 is still currently underway.

Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James offers their sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of the deceased man. May you find comfort and strength in the days ahead.


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