Bakersfield teen loses part of leg after car hits him on sidewalk
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Police said a 17-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his leg when a car hit him at the intersection of Hageman Road and Verdugo Lane last Friday.
According to police, the teen was standing on the sidewalk holding a sign, advertising for a nearby business.
"Two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection, one of the vehicles spun out of control, subsequently hitting the 17-year-old," police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said.
Kroeker said at this point it appears one of the cars ran a red light at the intersection.
Numerous friends of the boy tell Eyewitness News he goes to Frontier High School and has been playing baseball with the Bakersfield Braves since he was young.
One of the coaches at the baseball academy said the teen underwent surgery early this week and had to have part of his leg amputated below his calf.
The teen is expected to start rehab soon.
People who work and live in that area said they have major concerns about that intersection.
"It's definitely a problem area," Josh Bethel said.
Bethel said he constantly sees people speed through the red light and break traffic laws.
"It's not just one time. When it's a constant problem, that's definitely when you say this isn't just an accident, this is a problem," he said.
Julia Campanario lives in the area. She said she is very concerned about drivers at that intersection.
"People are just in a hurry, and they're reckless, and they don't think about the consequences," she said. "I've heard skidding. I've seen glass there."
Kroeker said the speed limit on that roadway is 45 mph.
"I don't have any information on how fast the cars were going, but speed laws are there for a reason," he said. "It's a privilege to drive, and we need to make sure we obey traffic laws."
Bethel said when police are not around, people speed through that intersection.
"I know police can't be everywhere at all times, but I also think maybe law enforcement needs to step it up," he said.
Police said a lot of that comes down to resources, and using them where they feel would be most effective.