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Monday, Jul 29 2013 06:16 AM

Gosford Road crash victim remembered by friends

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    By Michael Fagans / The Californian

    More than 100 friends of Angel Reyna Cabrera gathered at the corner of Calle Espada and Gosford Road to remember the life of their 20-year-old friend on Monday night.

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    By Henry A. Barrios/ The Californian

    Bakersfield Police clear the scene of a fatal traffic crash on Gosford Road just south of Stockdale Highway Monday morning.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    The clean-up after a fatal accident that occurred at 2:37 a.m. in the 400 block of Gosford Road continued at 8 a.m. Monday.

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    By Michael Fagans / The Californian

    Many of Angel Reyna Cabrera's friends visited the median of Gosford Road at the corner of Calle Espada to remember the life of their 20-year-old friend on Monday night. Bakersfield Police officers escorted mourners safely to the side of the road as more than 100 friends gathered at the scene of the memorial.

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    By Michael Fagans / The Californian

    A friend of Angel Reyna Cabrera surveys the scene of the accident at the corner of Calle Espada and in the median of Gosford Road where his 20-year-old friend died late on Sunday night.

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By JASON KOTOWSKI, Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com
Friends of Angel Reyna Cabrera say the 20-year-old enjoyed pushing his car to the limit.

That love of speed may have led to Cabrera’s death early Monday after he drove into the center median on Gosford Road, hit a tree and was thrown from his white Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. He died at the scene north of Camino Media.

“He loved to go fast,” said J.R. Vasquez, a friend of Cabrera and owner of auto shop Redline Performance in Oildale.

Police said Cabrera was the only person in the car and it’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Cabrera was a member of Xclusive Racing, a sports car club run by Vasquez. The owner described Cabrera as a good person, someone who would stop and help motorists who had broken down on the side of the road.

Robert Jimenez, 34, said he met Cabrera about eight months ago through their membership in different sports car clubs. Jimenez, a member of 661 Lechuza, said car club members often meet up and head out on the road together.

“We did a lot of cruising together,” Jimenez said of Cabrera.

He said Cabrera was the type of person who could put a smile on your face even during a rough day. Jimenez said news of the crash hit him hard.

“You want to do something, but you know you can’t,” he said.

Cynthia Napier, an employee of Redline, said everyone knew Cabrera. He was outspoken and had a great sense of humor, she said.

Flowers, a votive candle with an image of Jesus Christ on its glass container and a photograph were placed on the center median near where Cabrera crashed just west of Calle Espada. Gosford Road was closed for several hours after Cabrera drifted into the median at 2:37 a.m.

Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said he had no other details and hoped o have more information later in the week.

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