Jose Manuel Sanchez Ontiveros Killed, Raina Lopez Injured in 2-Vehicle Crash along Highway 99 [Bakersfield, CA]


43-Year-Old Man Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash near Palm Street

BAKERSFIELD, CA (October 3, 2022) – Tuesday night, Raina Lopez was injured and Jose Manuel Sanchez Ontiveros died in a crash on Highway 99.

The incident took place on the northbound lanes of the highway just south of Palm Street on September 27th.

According to police, Sanchez was driving a white GMC Sierra in the No. 3 lane before making an unsafe lane change into the No.2 lane. As a result, Sanchez slammed into another vehicle.

The GMC then struck the center median wall before overturning onto the northbound lanes of the highway. Paramedics arrived and transported 43-year-old Ontiveros, of Wasco to Kern Medical, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

In addition, medics transported Lopez to Kern Medical for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the other involved vehicle fled the scene northbound on Highway 99. At this time, the suspect remains at large.

Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James offers their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of Jose Manuel Sanchez. May the memories of your loved one and the love of your family give you strength in the days ahead.


Losing someone in a hit-and-run car accident is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family. At Sweet James, they understand that the death of a loved one can leave a lasting impact on your emotional and financial well-being, and they are here to help. Their wrongful death attorneys understand that legal issues impose challenges on those involved. Let them help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the welfare of your family. Call their office today (800) 975-3435 to arrange a free and confidential case evaluation. Click here to request a police report.

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