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Head-on Car Collision Ends in Fatality in Bakersfield

February 27, 2015- A fatal vehicle collision occurred outside of the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bakersfield.  The head-on pickup truck accident killed one person, on Friday, at approximately 5 PM.

A brown, 1987 Chevy Silverado truck, driven by Tristan Charles Riano, 31, was traveling at about 70 mph on Kern Canyon Road.  The Chevrolet slammed head-on into a white, 2008 Chevy Express van, driven by Brittany Smith, 22, of Bakersfield.

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After the impact of the crash both vehicles burst into flames.

Brittany Smith was able to exit her van through the right front window.  Riano was not able to escape.

Riano was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Smith sustained minor injuries.

Issues still remaining to be investigated; determining whether road conditions may have contributed to this accident, and any malfunctions of the vehicle. If you would like these issues investigated further then please callAttorney John Rozier, your wrongful death and personal injury lawyer at 559-713-0159, or reach me online at