Bakersfield resident Jesus Apolinar Rios-Gallegos was possibly out for a walk or a jog in southwest Bakersfield when he was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a truck that ran onto a sidewalk.
Rios-Gallegos, 26, was on a sidewalk near the intersection of Wilson Road near Westholme Boulevard at 6:42 a.m. when according to Bakersfield police, a 2011 Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by a 29-year-old male headed west on Wilson left the road and climbed the sidewalk before crossing Westholme and striking the victim.
James Gales, 62, lives across the street from where the accident occurred. He didn't see the accident but heard what he called a "big boom" before someone shouted to call 911.
When he stepped out on his front porch he saw the truck stopped on his neighbor's lawn between a tree and the residence, on the northwest corner at Wilson and Westholme.
"I saw debris on the street and then I knew it was from the brick mailbox," Gales said. The truck "just took the whole thing out."
A brick mailbox 6-feet-wide and 4 1/2-feet-tall for a nearby apartments' mail was smashed, Gales said.
"I saw the EMTs put the yellow blanket over his body," Gales said. "...That's when I said 'Oh my God, he's dead.'"
Rios-Gallegos was pronounced dead at the scene.
BPD spokesman Sgt. Joe Grubbs speculated that because of the way Rios-Gallegos was dressed it "looks like maybe he was out for a jog or a walk" when the collision occurred.
Police closed Wilson from its intersection with Edgemont Drive east to Westholme for its investigation.
Police said neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to play a role in the accident.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Officer Tim Berchtold at 326-3967 or the BPD at 327-7111.