On Friday, September 2, 2016, a deadly motorcycle collision occurred in Bakersfield. The Kern County big rig crash happened on Norris Road and Melody Lane, at about 7:00 AM.
Jerry Ward, 81, was riding a Spyder headed east on Norris Road. The motorcyclist slowed down and attempted to make a left-hand turn into a parking lot.
The biker drove directly into the path of a semi truck that was traveling at about 45 mph. Michael Dougan, 57, the Ford truck’s driver, tried to brake in time, but was unable to and crashed into the Spyder.
Ward was pronounced dead at the scene.