Man killed in southwest Bakersfield collision

Police believe a red-light runner may be to blame for a Tuesday morning, Dec. 12, 2017, collision in southwest Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo) 

UPDATE: The coroner on Wednesday said one man died in this crash and identified him as 49-year-old Timothy Lee Pappas.

The original story, published Tuesday, Dec. 12, is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A man was rushed to a hospital Tuesday morning with major injuries after a two-vehicle collision in southwest Bakersfield.

Police say one of the two male drivers ran a red light, but they are not sure yet which one did so.

A gray Dodge Challenger was traveling eastbound on Wilson and a white Toyota pickup was traveling northbound on New Stine when the collision occurred.

Each vehicle came to rest in the opposite direction from its original path of travel. A traffic signal pole at the northeast corner of the intersection was sheared off at the base by the vehicles. It contributed to what became a considerable debris field.

The driver of the Toyota was the one rushed to the hospital. Police say the driver of the Dodge was all right.

Police spent the morning documenting the scene, conducting interviews with witnesses and collecting surveillance video.

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