BAKERSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

On December 1, 2016 at 0802 hours, Officers were dispatched to the Calloway Drive just north of Hageman Road regarding an injury collision. Upon arrival, officers located a solo female driver of a sedan suffering from moderate to major injuries. Medical personnel arrived on scene and transported the adult female driver to a local hospital.

The investigation determined that the driver of a Dodge truck was travelling southbound of Calloway Drive at a high rate of speed. The driver of the truck failed to stop for a red traffic light at The Plaza Shopping Center and broadsided the sedan that was making a westbound turn into the Riverlakes Church parking lot on a green light.

The driver and a female passenger of the Dodge truck fled the scene on foot. The driver of the truck was taken into custody in a residential neighborhood south of the church. He was identified as Esteban Valdez Gutierrez, 34, of Bakersfield. He was arrested for felony hit and run and DUI causing injury. The female is still outstanding.

The northbound and southbound lanes of Calloway Road were closed for several hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111

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