BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Two families are grieving the loss of their loved ones and are seeking justice.
Kathy Mcnutt was among the victims who died in a crash on Highway 99 on Friday afternoon. She leaves behind two sons and 17 grand kids.
Her family called her Nano and remember her as woman with a beautiful smile, a warm heart, and a contagious laugh.
Mcnutt was traveling with her boyfriend, Harold Goleman, when the accident happened.
The crash happened when the driver of a semi driving south on Hwy. 99 failed to stop for the slowing traffic ahead, rear-ending the pickup truck Mcnutt and her boyfriend were traveling in and pinning it against a semi traveling in front of them.
Her son, Jimmy Mcnutt, said he learned about the tragedy through his son, who saw a post of the accident of Facebook.
"At first I didn't put a lot of attention to it, and I think he did, and when he showed me again, I zoomed in and it looked like my mom's truck," he said.
Mcnutt owns a tow truck business and frequently responds to traffic accidents, but when he saw the truck on the Facebook post it looked too familiar and he started to worry.
"I text her to see, you know, I told her, 'There's an accident on the highway, are you okay?' No answer," he said. "To hit the back of a car stopped, at 60 plus miles an hour, that's negligence, I don't care how you cut it."
The Mcnutt family is asking witnesses to come forward with details that would help the investigation.
"I did text her even after I found out that she had passed, and just told her, 'You know, if I could hug you one more time and tell you I love you...'"
If you would like to make a donation to help out with funeral expenses, here is the link to the GoFundMe page.