A freshman offensive lineman for the Bakersfield College football team and 2017 South High graduate died after being struck by a car in southeast Bakersfield on Friday night, according to California Highway Patrol and school officials.
Jonathan Garcia, 17, was on his way home from a South High game in Arvin when the car he was in was in a minor accident, according to South High coach Cary Mills. Garcia was later hit while he was out of that car, Mills said.
"It's a big loss," Mills said. "He was a very good young man. It's really sad when things like this happen."
According to a CHP release, at 10:50 p.m. Omar Landeros, 24, was driving a 2015 Kia Optima northbound on Comanche Drive approaching Panama Lane at an unknown rate of speed, while Garcia, unnamed in in the CHP release, was crossing the intersection from the southwest corner to the northeast corner, CHP said.
Landeros reportedly did not see the Bakersfield teenager crossing the roadway ahead and hit him, the release said. The Kern County Coroner will release the name of the deceased at a later time.
CHP said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision. Landeros, of Bakersfield, was not arrested.