Two deaths on Route 58 over holiday
MOJAVE – Two people were killed and eight others were injured in three separate traffic crashes that occurred on state Route 58 over the New Year’s holiday weekend. In a crash in which wind and rain may have been a factor, George Rosenau, 75, of Circle Pines, Minn., was fatally injured when a transit bus crashed into his car and another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both cars had been stopped in traffic because of an earlier accident when the bus hit. The collision occurred about 10:50 a.m. east of Cameron Road when Kern Regional Transit bus driver Elizabeth San Miguel, 39, of Bakersfield came over the top of a hill and saw traffic stopped ahead of her. San Miguel steered to the left and struck the center divider barrier. The bus then veered to the right into a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Rosenau and a 2004 Lexus driven by Phillip Menser, 62, of Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The bus then crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open desert. There were no passengers on the bus, officials said. Rosenau suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he later died. San Miguel and Menser suffered minor injuries and also were taken to the hospital. Rosenau’s wife, Joyce, was transported to Kern Medical Center, where she was reported Tuesday to be in serious condition, and a second passenger in the Rosenau car, 13-year-old Ryan Brottlund, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital. Shelly Menser, 54, a passenger, also was taken to the hospital. The crash closed the eastbound lanes of Route 58 for about one hour. Elias Hasheem, 29, of Tracy was killed New Year’s Eve when the car he was riding in veered off the road and crashed into an embankment, the CHP said. The crash occurred about 7 a.m. Sunday near Sand Canyon Road, according to the CHP. The driver, Omid Fakari, 25, of San Ramon, and a second passenger, Abdullah Fagiri, 24, of Union City, suffered major injuries and were taken to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, where both remained hospitalized Tuesday, officials said. Fakari was driving a 2004 BMW 325i eastbound on Route 58 at a high speed when the car drifted into the dirt center divider near the Sand Canyon overcrossing, left the roadway and became airborne. The car crashed into an embankment, spun 180 degrees and came rest at the bottom of the embankment. Later that same day about 8:35 p.m., wrong-way driver David Muller, 21, of Tehachapi suffered major injuries when his 1991 Toyota Celica struck a big-rig truck head-on. Muller was driving west in the eastbound lanes of Route 58, east of Cameron Road, when his car ran into the truck’s axle with a trailer, the CHP said. Muller was taken by helicopter to Kern Medical Center, where he was reported Tuesday to be in good condition. The big-rig driver, David Mejia, 24, of Vernon, Texas, was not injured. The lane in which the crash occurred was closed for about two hours. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!