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DUI suspected in fatal Bakersfield California accident

An accident Tuesday night in Bakersfield, California, left over 2,000 people without power and took the life of one woman.

30-year-old Mitchell Green is under investigation in the accident. Green is a local firefighter. The Kern County Fire Department issued a statement expressing condolences to the victims as well as Green on Wednesday. Green apparently failed to stop at a red light and struck the side of a smaller vehicle.

The smaller vehicle was carrying 41-year-old Michelle Marie Maxwell, who died from injuries following the accident. Her daughter, 15-year-old Michaela Maxwell, was driving with a learner’s permit. Michaela sustained moderate injuries but survived the crash.

Green eventually struck a power pole after hitting the Maxwell’s car. The pole took out power for customers within several miles, according to Bakersfield Now. He was in critical condition after the accident. Once Green recovers, he will be booked on charges of felony drunk driving causing injury or death and vehicular manslaughter.

If convicted, he could face a substantially aggravated sentence. Other key factors will be his speed at the time of the accident, his criminal history if any, his alcohol level and whether toxicology reports show the presence of any other substances.

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