Sacto 9-1-1
February 23, 2012
Driver killed in high-speed crash into tree near Sacramento airport

The driver of a speeding car was killed when the vehicle hit a large oak tree just north of Sacramento International Airport early this morning.

The California Highway Patrol reported that at about 1 a.m. today the driver of a Volkswagen Passat was traveling westbound on Riego Road at the Garden Highway at a high rate of speed when the vehicle launched into the air and into a homeowner's yard.

While in the air, the car struck a fence post and then the oak tree head-on. The car then burst into flames.

A CHP press release said the driver probably died from impact, given the severity of the crash.

The name of the driver, and whether the motorist was a man or a woman, has not been released. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call (530) 674-5141.

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