BAKERSFIELD, California — A man who was hit by a car while protesting Wednesday night has died, Bakersfield Police confirms.
His family confirms Robert Forbes, in his mid-50s, was marching between California Avenue and Oak Street on June 3.
At around 10:23pm, Forbes was hit by a vehicle — an incident caught on video and shared widely on social media.
According to his family, Forbes was brought to Kern Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition for three days. He succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning.
His nephew, Robert Lewis, believes Forbes was hit intentionally by the driver.
This has been largely disputed by witnesses and police.
“Several community members have posted on social media regarding their beliefs and statements that the pedestrian in this incident was struck intentionally. The investigation is still open and officers are still seeking additional witnesses and video evidence,” the Bakersfield Police Department said in a statement released Thursday.