Driver On Trial for Fatal Lamont Crash That Killed 3

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BAKERSFIELD, CA (February 14, 2024)The aftermath of a devastating Lamont car crash that resulted in the tragic loss of three lives last November continues to unfold in Kern County. Jose De Jesus Velazquez-Gomez faces serious charges, including three counts of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, after his Jeep collided with an SUV carrying Gabina Santiago De Arias, Darli Santiago, and Yolanda Godinez, who were en route to work.


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that Velazquez-Gomez was under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol at the time of the accident. Despite defense claims that Velazquez-Gomez had merely fallen asleep, the impact of his actions resonates deeply with the victims’ families, who are grappling with their loss and the quest for justice.


Elias Mateo, related to one of the victims, emphasized the importance of making responsible choices, urging drivers to avoid driving while fatigued or under the influence. The case has become a poignant reminder for the Kern County community about the deadly consequences of impaired driving.


In 2023, CHP Bakersfield made 40 arrests related to drug-impaired driving, with this incident being the only one resulting in fatalities, highlighting the critical need for heightened awareness and preventive measures against driving under the influence.

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious and potentially deadly crime. Unfortunately, it’s one that continues to occur far too frequently in our communities. RTM Law Firm advocates for victims of drunk driving accidents. Our team of DUI attorneys, case managers, and medical specialists are ready to fight for your rights, holding reckless drivers accountable and seeking justice for innocent victims. Call us at (661) 402-3200 for a free consultation.




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