Joshua Reyes Surrenders to Bakersfield Police After Fleeing the Scene of a Fatal Accident

The man who struck and killed a 70-year-old pedestrian in Bakersfield, California, turned himself in hours after the accident. At about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 11th, Joshua Reyes surrendered at the Bakersfield Police Department on Truxton Avenue.

In the accident report released by the California Highway Patrol, Sgt. Michael Phillips said the victim, identified as Aurelio Garcia Sr., was crossing the street on Mount Vernon Avenue when the suspect struck him around 4 a.m. The man was northbound on the roadway before the crash.

The sergeant said the victim died following the collision, and Reyes kept driving without stopping to render help, making the crash a hit-and-run. After he surrendered, the BPD contacted the CHP, and they confirmed the man’s involvement in the incident.

Phillips said that the Kern County District Attorney’s Office would determine if the suspect should face any criminal charge at the investigation’s conclusion. Anyone who witnessed the accident should contact the highway patrol on the listed line.

Under the California Vehicle Code, a person or persons involved in any traffic accident must remain at the scene. If there’s no parking space at the crash site, find a place nearby where traffic won’t be impeded, and return to the location afterward. 

Check to see if anyone is injured, and if there is, contact emergency responders and provide first aid while waiting. Remain at the scene until they arrive, cooperate with the law enforcement authorities’ investigation, provide them with relevant information, and leave only after they permit it.

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