The accident happened around 5 A.M.
Joaquin Barrera Gomez, 23, of Bakersfield, was driving a 1999 Honda Civic when he failed to take a curve heading northbound on Oswell, authorities said.
The vehicle collided with a metal guardrail and overturned, ejecting both occupants.
Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passenger, Robert A. Cano, 20, of Bakersfield, was transported to Kern Medical Center with "major injuries," according to officials.
Gomez and Cano were not wearing seatbelts.
It is unknown whether alchol and/or drugs played a factor in the crash, which is still being investigated.