Four motorists, one of them from Bakersfield, were killed Saturday morning when a vehicle traveling west on Highway 58 crossed into eastbound lanes and collided with another vehicle just west of Fairfax Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
One of the vehicles carried three people, while the other contained only a driver. CHP Officer Kirk Arnold was unable to say for sure which of the vehicles, westbound or eastbound, had multiple passengers.
All the victims have been identified, though it was unclear who was in which vehicle. They are Bakersfield resident Yonatan Diaz Inga, 22; Boise, Idaho residents Marino Tacza Inga, 20, and William Bernardo Zapaico, 27; and North Las Vegas resident James Luschen, 42. All were listed as having died at 7:39 a.m.
Yonatan’s Facebook page indicates his hometown is Lima, Peru. Photos he posted of himself on the page suggest he is a soccer player and music fan.
One online photo shows him posing next to a tractor trailer. Posted Jan. 4, the caption states, in Spanish, “I arrived peacefully to Los Angeles in the early morning very tired thank God for guiding my path.”
Another photo on his Facebook page shows him wearing sunglasses indoors, dressed in dark clothes and a white belt. The accompanying note says, “Long live bachelorhood for enjoying life.” Several friends or family members commented on the post, saying his woman would not appreciate the joke.
Officer Arnold said the CHP first received word of the accident at 7:38 a.m., and that agency personnel have since left the scene.
Further information about the collision was expected to be made available later this afternoon.