Driver killed in crash with tree on S Union Ave

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The driver of a red Saturn was killed Tuesday evening when they left the roadway and smashed into a tree.

The crash on South Union Avenue at Houghton Road was reported just before 5:20 p.m.

Moments earlier, a car matching its description was reported in a hit-and-run crash at South Union Avenue and Pacheco Road.

An off-duty arson investigator was the first person to arrive at the crash scene near Houghton and reported the driver was pinned inside the car. Medical aid arrived a short time later and confirmed the driver was dead.

The crash investigation will be handled by the California Highway Patrol.

The driver's name was withheld.