Man with three DUIs charged with homicide in deadly crash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – We are learning more about a man and his involvement in a fatal crash that took place Friday night.

A driver at a car meet in south Bakersfield was in a traffic collision on the 1900 block of Planz Road involving an SUV and a Chevy Malibu around 11 p.m. on Friday.

Three women were in the Chevy Malibu and each suffered major injuries from the collision. The passengers were then taken to a nearby hospital, one with life-threatening injuries and the other with minor injuries. One of the women has since been released, while the other remains in critical condition. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man under the influence and with multiple prior DUI convictions was the SUV driver, according to police. According to BPD, that man is 25-year-old, Arturo Munoz. Munoz was arrested for numerous felony and misdemeanor charges associated with murder, DUI, hit-and-run, DUI with a prior, driving with a suspended license and other traffic-related offenses.

Munoz was convicted in the past for driving under the influence three times; twice in 2017 when he was 19-years-old and again in 2018. He bail is set at over $1.2 million.

The families of the victims have shared GoFundMe pages where you can donate to their families.

To go to the GoFundMe for Vanessa Lasarit, click here. To go to the GoFundMe for Hortencia Garcia de Haro, click here.

Police are still investigating the incident and are asking anyone with more information to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.