A mother and son from the North County and a Bakersfield man are dead after a three-car crash Friday along Highway 46 just east of the San Luis Obispo-Kern county line.
The Buttonwillow CHP office on Saturday would not disclose the name of the two locals deceased. But KGET-TV in Bakersfield reports that the Kern County coroner’s office identified them as Richard Jung, 21, and Hyun Kim, 49, of Shandon.
They died after Herculano Hernandez, 23, of Delano — driving a 2000 Ford Contour — rear-ended the 2006 Honda Ridgeline SUV that Jung was driving. Both were headed east.
Hernandez was not injured, but he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the CHP. One of his two passengers — both from Santa Maria — suffered moderate injuries; the other wasn’t hurt.
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His car continued out-of-control into a field off of the highway, according to the CHP. The crash reportedly closed the highway nearly four hours.
After it was rear-ended, the Honda was pushed into the westbound lane, and then crashed head-on with a 2000 Chevrolet truck driven by Carl Logan, 71, of Bakersfield.
The CHP reported initially that he suffered major injuries and was being treated at a Fresno hospital. But KGET reports that the Fresno County coroner’s office said he later died.
Logan’s wife, Vivian, 68, was treated initially at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, but was later in critical condition at Stanford University Medical Center, KGET reported.