Police Arrest Drunken Driver after Crashing Stolen Vehicle on Alta Vista Drive Killing His Passenger
BAKERSFIELD, CA (February 8, 2023) – A 15-year-old boy died and police arrested Timothy Javiel Leal after a DUI crash in Bakersfield Saturday morning on February 4.
According to a California Highway Patrol, the 18-year-old suspect and the victim were in a stolen 2018 Kia Optima traveling west on Irene Street around 7:20 a.m.
Leal then ran a stop sign at Alta Vista Drive and drove directly into a Toyota Tundra, driven by 80-year-old Donald Justus Olsson.
Olsson did not have time to react and his car rolled over while coming to rest against a house. He sustained minor injuries.
The 15-year-old died at the scene. He was not yet identified.
Leal ran from the car but was detained a short distance away and taken to Kern Medical for treatment of serious injuries.
Officers said Leal showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest. He is expected to be taken to jail once released from the hospital.
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
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