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A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car and died Sunday. 

Alejandro Vargas Jr., of Bakersfield was identified by the Kern County Sheriff's Office. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, at about 7:00 p.m., a group of teenagers were standing on the north shoulder of Niles street near a bus stop, just east of Park drive. They began to run south across Niles street outside of a crosswalk in an attempt to beat the traffic approaching from the east. 

A car driving west on Niles street was approaching Park drive. Three of the teenagers saw the car and returned to the north shoulder, but Vargas failed to see the car and was struck, CHP said. The boy was taken to Kern Medical Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Witnesses reported the car was driving the speed limit, and CHP does not suspect drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident. 

A GoFundme has been created for Vargas' family. The family has raised $2,711 as of Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. 

KCSO will release the cause and manner of Vargas' death at a later date. 

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Unfortunately kids running in in front of traffic happens on a daily basis. Like it is a high stakes game of chicken. Maybe this will convince other kids to stop playing this stupid game!!!

Grandma Tam

Producing comments and opinions reflecting unique perspectives on this truly tragic circumstance is a viable and interesting use of this platform. Maybe in some way it can inspire change. "Kids need summer actives..." "Crosswalks need to be prevalent when..." Scraping humility and virtues to tout religious perspectives while besmirching others is not only seeded; it's rather vain. If you really feel for the kid, do something Godly. Get off your high horse and donate to his funeral.

Tony Tee

There is one living Spirit almighty, and it is God. God is the eternal presence of love, peace, joy and forgiveness in everything. God is in the lips of that insensitive commenter below. No one should exercise their First Amendment Rights to justify rudeness and insensitivity. But I forgive. God’s love is the only power. The perfect intelligence of this living Spirit is what has created all of life and it is what sustains all of life. One careless moment can change lives forever. I send Blessings to the young man and his family and friends and all those involved in this tragic moment. It is a reminder to me that life is short and can end at any moment. I give thanks for the remembrance of this truth, that I am fully surrounded in God’s love even in this time of grief and sadness. I am grateful for the comfort that we receive. Blessings. And so it is. Amen


hey your driving a great big truck and you see a mess of kids by a crosswalk...slow down and save a life......there is a church, schools and a medical clinic in that block......just because you are not legally responsible.... doesn't mean that you were the most attentive, cautious driver…


Sometimes kids run out in front of you so fast there is barely time to react. These kids were illegally irresponsible.


Very sad. This will effect a innocent driver obeying the law. R.I.P. to the young man, prayers to his family and friends. Mostly prayers for the driver and their families. Very sad. Sounds like they were playing chicken. Not good and sometimes the results can be fatal. Hope teens see this and rethink about doing this again.

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