This vehicle versus wheelchair accident occurred at approximately 2:59 pm today in the 2100 block of South H Street near Southgate Drive in Bakersfield. The motor scooter, driven by Flex Arthur Tekaat, 69, was in the shoulder of the southbound side of South H Street when it was struck by a car.
According to Bakersfield Police, Mr. Tekaat was close to the curb when he was struck by a vehicle driving in the right lane. The front end of the vehicle was damaged, but the scooter was broken into pieces by the collision.
At 3:31 pm, Mr. Tekaat died of his injuries at Kern Medical Center where he had been transported after the accident.
The police are still investigating the accident, but do not believe that alcohol was a factor. Bakersfield Police ask that they be called at 327-7111 by anyone who has information about how this incident happened.