BAKERSFIELD, CA – A man who police suspect was driving under the influence when he crashed on Monday has been identified. The tragic wreck severely injured several children.
The California Highway Patrol indicates they arrested Eduardo Luis Blanco, 27, on charges from the 8:15 accident that occurred on Di Giorgio Road which is located west of Cottonwood Road.
Bakersfield Police officers allege that Blanco was driving a burgundy GMC Sierra east on Di Giorgio when the pickup wandered beyond the yellow line and crashed into the front of a westerly moving Dodge Charger.
According to officials, Blanco broke his femur while a 3-year-old in the truck suffered a fractured arm and femur and abrasions to her face. Additionally, three other passengers in the Sierra, a 9-year-old and 4-year-old endured superficial injuries.
Unfortunately, a 9-month-old also riding the Charger experienced bleeding on the brain, according to officers. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle suffered a broken leg an cuts on his face. A woman in the car broke her femur and got cuts on her face as well as the left flank of her body.
Both the 9-month-old and 3-year-old were immediately flown to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera. All the others who suffered injuries were sent to Kern Medical and Memorial Hospital.
Blanco pleaded no contest to a DUI charge in 2014.