On Friday, July 10th, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office revealed the name of the man who died in an accident in Bakersfield, California. Michael Dempsey Eyler, 54, was a passenger in a car that crashed on Saturday, July 4th.
The California Highway Patrol said in the car accident report that the victim and 31-year-old Eli Valdovinos Jr. were traveling together in a pickup truck that went off the roadway and overturned. The incident occurred around 9:51 p.m. on Rancheria Road, about 4 ½ miles north of Highway 178.
The motorist was southbound in a Chevy Silverado when he lost control, traveled into the eastbound lane, and hit a dirt berm. The collision’s impact partially ejected Eyler and Valdovinos; the two of them were not wearing seatbelts. The victim suffered fatal wounds and died at Kern Medical, while the driver sustained moderate injuries, and received treatment at the same hospital.
The investigators determined that the man was driving under the influence and placed him under arrest. Officers said that they have no information on how fast the truck was traveling. The investigation is ongoing, and witnesses can contact the CHP on their listed line.
Motor vehicle crashes occur for different reasons and can either be fatal or leave those involved with minor or severe injuries. Car occupants can mitigate the severity of the wounds by ensuring that they wear a seatbelt when in transit. Belts keep drivers and passengers in place when an accident happens.
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