California SUV crash kills Bakersfield boy

San Luis Obispo Memorial Day SUV accident fatality devastates family. JusticeNewsFlash.com newsroom for California personal injury lawyers.

San Francisco, CA(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–As reported by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, police investigators have released the name of the 12-year old boy, who died in the Highway 166 crash, on Memorial Day. Deshawn Porter of Bakersfield, California died Monday afternoon in a head-on vehicle collision on Highway 166, near Suey Creek Road. Authorities say Porter was returning home after a camping trip at Lopez Lake with his family. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Caprice driven by Porter’s grandfather Tommy Watkins, was traveling eastbound on the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line, northeast of Santa Maria.

Highway accident investigators say Watkins attempted to pass a slower vehicle by switching lanes. Unable to switch back in time, he approached a blind curve and hit a westbound Chevrolet Suburban head-on. Several accident victims were trapped in the vehicles. emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and a medical helicopter were called to the scene. The driver of the Suburban, Anthony Castellanos of Guadalupe, and all five of his passengers suffered moderate to severe injuries. Watkins also suffered moderate injuries. His other grandson, 10-year old Deshante Porter, was transported to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria for serious injuries. Reports say a third vehicle was also involved in the collision. Information about the driver and extent of injuries is unknown.

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