Bakersfield, California – The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has disclosed the identities of two people who were killed in a head-on collision that occurred on Monday afternoon in Bakersfield.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal crash was reported at around 3:00 p.m. May 11, on Highway 178 near Yankee Canyon Drive.
84-year-old Henry Milton Liebel was driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma eastbound when he collided head-on with a 1998 Ford Escort driven by 34-year-old Elissa Renee Pappas.
The police believe Pappas lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a curve at a high rate of speed
Pappas and 78-year-old Sandra Merle Liebel, who was riding in the Tacoma, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Henry was rushed to a nearby local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
No additional information about the accident was provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.