Suspect Arrested after Fatal Bakersfield Hit-and-Run Collision near Highway 178

BAKERSFIELD, CA (June 3, 2022) – Saturday, Morgan Lafaye Barber was killed and David Alvarez was arrested after a hit-and-run on Alfred Harrell Highway.

The crash happened around 8:41 p.m., at the intersection of Highway 178 and Alfred Harrell Highway. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after.

Investigators say a westbound pickup-truck, driven by Alvarez, struck a woman driving south on Alfred Harrell Highway. The pickup-truck driver then fled the scene upon impact.

Meanwhile, medics pronounced 56-year-old Barber dead at the scene due to the extent of her condition.

Authorities later identified the hit-and-run suspect as 28-year-old David Alvarez, and booked into the Kern County Jail on multiple charges on Sunday.

At this time, Bakersfield Officials are asking anyone with information to contact 661-327-7111. Once available, further details will be provided.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The team at Sweet James offers their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Morgan Lafaye Barber.

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