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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A father of seven was killed in a violent crash the day before Thanksgiving.
Edwardo Alvarez, 48, was killed Wednesday after crashing his 2004 gray Nissan Altima into a brick wall.
Just before 4:30 p.m. that day, Catrina Morris was walking on the sidewalk of the 3900 block of University Avenue near Columbus in northeast Bakersfield. She, her 4-year-old son, and her boyfriend were headed to the neighborhood park when suddenly they had to dodge Alvarez’s oncoming car.
"Almost hit us, but we moved just in time, and then he ran off the road and ran into the brick right here on the corner,” said Morris.
Morris said Alvarez made a sudden U-turn while speeding down University onto Arcadia.
"He was gunning it down, fast! He pushed the gas fast, like he was trying to hurt himself," Morris described. "He hit the corner of this brick wall right there. He hit that instead of hitting us."
Police are still trying to figure out why Alvarez was driving so erratically. He appeared to be chasing a white sedan, which police said was not involved in the crash.
Police are looking to speak to the occupants in the white car to get more information on the man’s behavior leading up to the crash. After the white car turned off of University, Alvarez made the deadly, sudden U-turn.
"Mr. Alvarez was following closely behind a white sedan, possibly a white (Dodge) Charger eastbound on University Avenue,” said Sgt. Jeff Saso with the Bakersfield Police Department. “He struck the north curb, nearly striking two pedestrians and then struck the cinder-block wall."
The wall belongs to the home of Josey Hernadez, who was not home at the time of the crash. Hernadez said she is glad her family was not hurt in the wreckage this Thanksgiving, especially her 11-year-old son, Brenden.
"He usually will be there. He would have just gotten off from school, and sometimes he's here for a quick time by himself," said Hernadez.
If you have any information on Wednesday night's crash, call police at (661) 327-7111.