Bakersfield man dies after vehicle collides with a horse in southeast Bakersfield: BPD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Bakersfield man who was killed while riding a horse Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle in southeast Bakersfield has been identified.

On March 16, Bakersfield police responded to a fatal traffic collision near the intersection of Alto Place and South Sterling Road. Around 11:35 p.m., officers located a man and horse down in the roadway suffering from major injuries. The man was pronounced dead on scene and the horse was euthanized shortly after arrival, according to BPD.

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On Monday, the Kern County Coroner’s Office identified Jose Gelacio Mandragon Hernandez, 46, of Bakersfield as the man who was killed while riding the horse. The coroner’s will release the cause and manner of death at a later time.

Bakersfield police say a man was driving a pickup truck in the 1300 block of South Sterling Road when he struck Hernandez on horseback, also traveling in the southbound lanes. The driver of the truck remained on scene and cooperated with law enforcement.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, according to BPD.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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