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Hit-and-Run Car Accident Kills One Pedestrian in Bakersfield, on Palm Avenue

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, a fatal hit-and-run crash killed one pedestrian.  The Kern County car accident occurred in Bakersfield, California.

A 66 year old pedestrian, Lauren Ernest Bristol, was walking on the sidewalk of Palm Avenue, west of Country Breeze Place.  An automobile, driven by Kevin Coontz, 20, veered off the road, up onto the sidewalk, and hit Bristol.

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The vehicle then fled the scene of the collision.  Police arrested Kevin Coontz later Sunday night.

Bristol died at the scene.

The cause of the hit-and-run accident is under investigation.

Please give us a call, if you are a relative or are in touch with the family, and would like us to investigate this accident further. We are located in Visalia, north of Bakersfield. Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159 or online at