BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Kern County Sheriff's deputy suffered moderate injuries in a crash Wednesday evening at the intersection of Union Avenue and West Columbus Street.
The crash between the patrol car and a private vehicle happened just before 9 p.m. and shut down traffic in all directions. The patrol car ended up in the fence next to the Garces Memorial High School sign outside the football field.
Deputy Kenzo Lackey was pinned inside the patrol car and had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters. He was taken to a hospital and released a short time later
The accounts of the crash vary, depending on who's telling the story.
The driver of the other car said he was headed north on Union Avenue to Bakersfield College to pick up his girlfriend when he was struck by the patrol car traveling west on Columbus Street. But, police officers told Eyewitness News that the driver, Ricky Hernandez, was westbound on Columbus and hit the patrol car, which was northbound on Union.
Hernandez said he felt a little banged up and planned to have his family take him to a hospital to be checked out.