Maria Navarro Dead, Ronald Pierce Arrested after Bakersfield Street Race Crash on Old River Road
BAKERSFIELD, CA (November 29, 2019) – A woman identified as Maria Vianey Navarro died after a street race crash on Sunday, November 24.
At around 4:45 p.m., Bakersfield police officers responded to the accident on the 1200 block of Old River Road.
Police determined that a Mustang and a Dodge Ram were street racing on the northbound side of Old River. Then the driver of the Mustang lost control and struck the victim’s van, which was not involved in the race.
The accident caused the van to spin into oncoming traffic where another truck struck it.
Bakersfield Police Department said that when they arrived at the scene, they discovered Navarro dead inside a van. They also found her grandchildren, 9-year-old Jasmine and 7-year-old Eli, in the van with injuries.
Paramedics transported Jasmine to Kern Medical Center. Then they later airlifted her to Madera hospital where she received operation on her broken leg. Medical personnel also removed copious amounts of fluid and blood in her abdominal area. First responders also airlifted Eli to Madera Children’s Hospital from KMC. He received operation on his two broken legs and a broken pelvis.
Navarro’s family created a GoFundMe to help pay for the children’s medical bills and funeral costs.
Officials arrested the driver of the Mustang, 50-year-old Ronald Pierce, at the scene. He received charges for gross vehicular manslaughter, second-degree murder, reckless driving with injury, driving under the influence, engaging in street racing and reckless driving.
Our deepest thoughts are with the family and friends of Maria Navarro.
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