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Bakersfield, CA – Fatal Pedestrian Crash on 4th St near Great Castle Chinese

Torem & Associates

Bakersfield, CA (July 17, 2021) – A fatal pedestrian accident happened in the early morning hours of July 16 in Bakersfield. The crash occurred at approximately 12:54 a.m., according to reports. 

Sources indicate that the collision occurred near the 600 block of 4th Street and the Great Chinese Castle restaurant. Information provided by officials states that a pedestrian was traveling in the area when he was hit by a vehicle. 

The driver got out of their car to check on the injured pedestrian when both the victim and the driver were struck by yet another vehicle. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly after the wreck occurred. 

Responders located the two male victims lying in the roadway when they arrived. Despite lifesaving efforts, one of them, identified as Thomas Pierson, lost his life at the site of the accident. 

Police stated that the driver of the first vehicle sustained significant injuries and was transported to an area medical center for treatment. The second driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officials. 

Currently, police in Bakersfield continue to investigate. More information will be released when it becomes available. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with everyone injured in hopes of a full recovery.

Vehicle Accidents in Bakersfield

Approximately 900 pedestrians are killed yearly in traffic accidents throughout California. Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people who are seen walking, running, and generally traveling by foot. It is no surprise that California’s fatality rate for pedestrian accidents is nearly 25% higher than the national average. Regardless of the many actions taken to protect pedestrians traveling through our state, the number of fatalities each year continues to increase.

Oftentimes, pedestrians are struck by vehicles operated by negligent drivers. This can include drivers who are distracted, impaired, and reckless. Although it is possible to be vigilant in order to protect ourselves and others who are sharing the road, unfortunately, it can never be guaranteed that other motorists are going to take us into consideration while driving. As a result, we see numerous people lose their lives in accidents in California that could have been prevented. These accidents often have an overwhelming impact on surviving family members who are left to endure the many challenges of an unexpected loss. When another person’s negligent actions result in the death of an innocent person, it is crucial that the deceased victim’s family contact a wrongful death attorney in Bakersfield as soon as possible. Surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the costs they face moving forward after enduring an unexpected loss.

Bakersfield pedestrian accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have extensive experience helping families recover after losing loved ones in preventable accidents. Unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims are filed in civil court by surviving relatives to recover compensation to alleviate the costs of funeral arrangements, recover lost wages, and obtain compensation for various other economic and non-economic losses. If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield at your earliest convenience by calling (888) 500-5000 to discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Bakersfield.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Bakersfield and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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