Lawyer For Bakersfield Man Fatally Injured By Truck During Protest Wants Driver Charged

Jun 23, 2020

The funeral for a man who was hit by a truck at a Black Lives Matter protest in Bakersfield and later died was held this past weekend. The driver of the truck has not been arrested or charged with any crime. 

The driver, Kieth Moore, hit 55-year-old Robert Forbes on the evening of June 3rd in central Bakersfield. Right afterward, Moore pulled over. According to a widely shared video, protesters assisted Forbes who was lying on the ground. Two days later, he died at Kern Medical Center. The family’s lawyer, Amar Shergill, said at minimum Moore violated California’s reasonable speed law. 

“He was traveling at or above the speed limit as he’s going through the intersection and witness testimony confirms that he actually sped up when he approached where the folks were on the roadway,” said Shergill.   

Shergill said he and Forbes’ family want Moore arrested, prosecuted and tried before a jury.

“What we know about the man is he has Nazi tattoos which show the depraved indifference to human life consistent with how he was driving that day,” said Shergill. 

The Bakersfield Police Department is still investigating the case. No charges have been brought against Moore. On a since-deleted Facebook Post, Moore says the collision was an accident. 

In an op-ed for the Bakersfield Californian, District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said she will not be intimidated into charging Moore before the investigation proves warranted.