UPDATE 11/18: The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested the suspected drivers involved in this incident. The release is below:
On Wednesday, November 17th, police officers with the Bakersfield Police Department Major Collision Investigation Team responded to the city of Madera, California and took Jose Catarino-Reyes (19) of Madera into custody. Jose Catarino-Reyes is believed to be the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado who caused and fled the scene of the injury
collision. Jose Catarino-Reyes was transported and booked into the Kern County Jail for Felony Hit-and-Run and driving without a driver’s license.
Antonio Catarino-Reyes (25) of Madera was also arrested and is being charged with assisting in the driver’s escape from the scene of the collision. Antonio Catarino-Reyes was transported and booked into the Kern County Jail for Accessory to Felony Hit-and-Run and also was driving without a driver’s license.
There are no updates at this time of the status of the adult female that was critically injured in this hit-and-run multiple vehicle collision
The Bakersfield Police Department are searching for the suspect driver in a hit and run from Tuesday night.
The full release is below:
On Tuesday, November 16th, at approximately 5:48 PM, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a multiple vehicle injury collision involving ten vehicles in the 2100 block of Union Avenue.
As a result of the collision, one involved motorist was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries, an additional involved motorist was transported to an area hospital with stable injuries. Three additional involved parties complained of pain; however, declined medical transportation.
The investigation revealed that vehicles were slowing or stopped for a northbound red traffic light, when a Chevrolet Silverado, traveling northbound failed to slow for the traffic and struck a vehicle. The initial collision then caused a chain reaction, with the initial vehicles continuing forward, striking the other involved vehicles.
The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Speed appears to be a factor in the initial collision. This is an ongoing investigation being handled by investigators with the Bakersfield Police Department Major Collision Investigation Team.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.