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Witness: Man killed in crash driving very fast down Gosford

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It was late Sunday night around midnight and Veronica Reyna was getting worried about her son, Angel, not yet being home. She called his cellphone.

"I said, 'Son, it's getting late,'" recalled Reyna. "And he told me, 'Mom, the night is young still.'"

That was the last time mother and son would speak to each other. Later, at around 2:30 a.m., Katey Lenk and her friend Loren Cook were driving northbound on Gosford Road approaching Ming Avenue when Cook looked in her rear-view mirror and noticed a car approaching very quickly. Cook swerved to the right, allowing the coming car to pass them.

"The window's down, and I just see it go by me. It was probably going about 120 miles an hour, it felt like," said Lenk.

The pair were caught off guard by what happened in the next few seconds.

"We just heard an explosion, and we see flames," said Lenk.

Police said the driver of the car, a Mitsubishi Evo, identified as 20-year-old Angel Cabrera of Bakersfield drifted onto the center median, lost control and slammed into a tree. He died at the scene. Debris was strewn all over the roadway at Gosford Road and Calle Espada.

"We saw a tree that fell from the median and it fell on to the ground and then we saw part of the car over here, the engine was over there, a wheel over there, like the whole car was completely in pieces," said Lenk.

Family and friends of Angel Cabrera were on scene Monday afternoon to place flowers, a candle and his picture on the median where the crash occurred.

Reyna said her son was doing work in the oil fields, but his goal was to become a correctional officer. Cabrera was one of three children.

The crash is under investigation. Funeral arrangements are still pending.