Local resident killed in crash

Local resident killed in crashBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The sole occupant of a Jeep Grand Cherokee was killed Thursday, Dec. 19, when the driver reportedly crashed into a power pole on State Route 178.

According to a release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Luis Felipe Lopez-Hernandez, 26-year-old Inyokern resident, was driving the vehicle just before midnight that evening and veered off the road for unknown reasons when the vehicle struck a power pole in the westbound shoulder of 178, just east of U.S. 395.

Lopez-Hernandez reportedly died at the scene. A postmortem examination was performed but determination of the cause and manner of death is still pending.

The family set up a GoFundMe funeral fund after the unexpected passing: gofundme.com/f/memorial-and-funeral-for-luis-lopez.

“He was a beloved son, brother and friend that we miss dearly and keep forever in our hearts,” said a statement from his family. “It is an unbelievable pain that we are all going through with his sudden death.”

“We are setting up this account for anyone who would like to contribute to his funeral and memorial service.

“We are only beginning to cope with his loss and we would like to celebrate our memories of Luis and the love and laughter he brought to us all.”

Pictured: A memorial cross is at the crash site on Highway 178. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-01-03