The California Highway Patrol is looking for a suspect wanted in a fatal hit and run that left 27-year-old Jesse Sanchez dead.
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At this time, we believe an adult male with a possible name of Saul Hernandez, was driving a Honda Accord that struck and killed a male pedestrian on SR-119. After the crash, Hernandez fled the scene and abandoned the Honda behind the Los Amigos Market on SR-119 at Par Street. Hernandez was an employee at the Los Amigos Market and has not been seen since the crash. Anyone with information related to this crash and/or the positive identity of Hernandez is urged to call the CHP Bakersfield Area Office at (661) 396-6600. Please see the attached photographs.
On Saturday June 25, 2022, at approximately 3:38 am, Bakersfield CHP Area units responded to a major injury crash.
Preliminary investigation reveals a male pedestrian (P-1) was walking westbound on State Route 119, partially within the westbound lane, east of Par Street. A gray Honda Accord (V-2) was being driven by an unknown male (P-2) westbound on State Route 119, at unknown speed, approaching the male pedestrian. Due to the pedestrian walking partially within the roadway directly in the path of the Honda, the driver of the Honda was unable to take evasive action and struck the pedestrian. After the crash, the Honda continued traveling westbound on State Route 119 and fled the scene. As a result of the crash, the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by Kern County Fire Department personnel. The Honda was later located abandoned near the crash scene. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs are a factor in this crash.
A portion of State Route 119, between Gosford Road and Par Street, was closed for approximately two hours for investigation.
This crash is still under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the CHP Bakersfield Area Office at (661) 396-6600.