Sacto 9-1-1
August 21, 2011
West Sacramento man dead in high-speed solo car crash

A 43-year-old man is dead after his sport utility vehicle crashed at high-speed into a support beam for an overhead train trestle across South River Road in West Sacramento Saturday night, a police spokesman said today.

Police spokesman Lt. Tod Sockman said the West Sacramento man, traveling east near the 5000 block of South River Road, was ejected from his green Range Rover when it smashed into the trestle support at the Gregory Avenue rail overcrossing about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

The SUV flipped from the impact, and the driver suffered major head trauma. Nearby anglers fishing in the Sacramento River heard the crash and telephoned police.

Sockman said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Were not sure whether alcohol was involved," Sockman said, noting that the case still is under investigation. "But we're sure speed was a factor."

The driver's identity was withheld until family members can be notified.

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