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Bakersfield, CA – Drunk Driver Causes Injuries in Hit & Run Crash at Sixth & Kern Aves

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Bakersfield, CA (December 14, 2021) – A man from Maricopa was arrested after causing an injury accident at an intersection in Bakersfield. The incident happened at about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Kern Avenue. 

Sources say that the man was driving drunk at the time of the wreck and slammed into the driver’s side of a sedan, trapping the victim inside until firefighters were able to extricate him from the vehicle. The suspect was identified as Bernardino Augustin Nava, age 27. 

Police stated that the victim was headed east on Kern in a Chevrolet Impala when they stopped at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection. It was there that they were struck by Nava. The suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Explorer, was headed south on Sixth Avenue and ran the stop sign.

Nava, along with two or three passengers present in his vehicle at the time, fled the scene without rendering aid or waiting for police. The victim, a 17-year-old male, required transportation by helicopter to Kern Medical for the treatment of major injuries. 

On top of two felony counts, Nava was also charged with driving without a license, not having proof of insurance, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Authorities in Bakersfield continue to investigate. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim in hopes of a full recovery. 

California Injury Accidents

One of the most devastating experiences a person can go through is being injured in a car accident. This is mostly due to the fact that victims are usually left with painful, sometimes life-altering injuries that demand extensive, often expensive medical treatment. 

In California, over 150,000 people are injured and require hospitalization annually as a result of injuries sustained in traffic-related incidents. Usually, injured victims are transported from the site of the crash and admitted into hospitals for treatment. Some injuries require emergency surgery and days or even weeks spent in hospitals. This usually means lost wages for most people, which can be extremely stressful. Especially when they are faced with the costs associated with their accident on top of their regular bills. Many people feel scared, confused, and generally unsure of how to move forward after being involved and injured in an accident.

When victims sustain injuries in accidents due to the negligence of other motorists sharing the road, it is crucial that they reach out to a car accident attorney in Bakersfield as soon as they can. Injured accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation that can help alleviate some or all of the financial burdens they may face moving forward. Oftentimes, crash victims are able to recover compensation to cover both economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Long-term care expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Vehicle repairs/replacement
  • Lost wages
  • Mental turmoil
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

In cases where victims lose their lives, surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation for funeral costs, burial fees, loss of consortium, and various other damages.

Car Crash Lawyers in Bakersfield

At Torem & Associates, our personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield strive to ensure victims are in the best position possible to move forward after their accidents and reach their immediate and long-term goals. Our attorneys work diligently to protect the legal rights of victims after being injured in preventable accidents. 

If you have been injured in a preventable accident, contact our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers at (888) 500-5000 to discuss legal options available for you. Our team is available to meet with you, at your earliest convenience, to discuss legal options available to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve moving forward.

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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