Stockdale, Gosford intersection under microscope after deadly crash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Following this weekend's deadly crash at Gosford Road and Stockdale Highway, many around the city are asking what, if anything, can be done at the intersection to make it safer for drivers.

The crash happened Saturday. Police said the driver of a southbound Honda, identified as 22-year-old Rodolfo Contreras, lost control as he passed through the intersection, hitting the median and then colliding head-on with a northbound Ford Explorer.

The SUV's driver, 54-year-old David Aggio, was killed.

The Honda's driver has not been arrested, and police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said Monday that such investigations can take a month or longer.

John Ussery, with the Bakersfield Public Works Department, said the goal of the city's traffic office is to "make sure people can get to where they need to go safely and as quickly as we can get them there."

He explained that things like the speed limits and traffic-light times are set at the state level.

"We do, every year, review the accident reports from BPD to see if there is anything we could change to make it better," Ussery said.

According to records obtained by Eyewitness News, in 2012 there were 14 accidents at or near that intersection. In 2013, the number fell to 12, and so far this year there have been three crashes reported at the intersection.

The top five busiest intersections, according to the city traffic department, are:

1. Stockdale and California
2. Stockdale and Gosford
3. 24th and Oak
4. Rosedale and Coffee
5. Highway 99's north off-ramp at Rosedale