NEWBERRY SPRINGS • A 13-year-old Bakersfield boy was killed Sunday on Interstate 15 in Newberry Springs when the car he was riding in was rear-ended while stopped in heavy traffic, authorities said.
Jared Fair, of Bakersfield, was seated in the left rear passenger seat of a 2012 Toyota Camry headed south in the number two lane on the I-15, south of Alvord Mountain Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The Toyota had halted in heavy stop-and-go traffic when a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup rear-ended the Camry at approximately 70 mph, a CHP news release stated.
The driver of the pickup apparently failed to see that traffic had stopped. The impact pushed the Camry forward into a 2002 Nissan Sentra, according to the CHP.
The Toyota came to a rest in the open desert, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's office.
CHP responded to the incident at 4:05 p.m. and at 4:42 p.m., Desert Ambulance paramedics confirmed the death of Fair, according to the Coroner's office.
Three other occupants of the Toyota — a 41-year-old male driver and two female passengers ages 40 and 14 — were taken to separate hospitals, including Barstow Community Hospital, for treatment of major injuries, according to the CHP.
The driver of the pickup, identified by the CHP as 44-year-old Teresa Ramirez of La Mirada, and a passenger who was also from La Mirada, suffered minor injuries, the CHP said. The occupants in the Nissan were not injured, CHP said.
The occupants in the Toyota and Dodge were all confirmed to be wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, CHP said.
The CHP is still investigating the incident.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.