Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: In the early 2000s, there was an accident at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue. It was a Tuesday evening and a woman was returning from the opera. She was hit by a woman drunk driver and was killed. The drunk driver had hit some cars previously at Fair Oaks and Arden. Who was the woman killed and what happened to the drunk driver?
Submitted by: Chris, Sacramento
ANSWER: Sima Spector, a retired schoolteacher and prominent leader in the Sacramento Jewish community, was killed March 1, 2006 when the vehicle she was driving was struck at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Watt Avenue by a vehicle that ran a red light.
According to a story in The Bee, Spector, 73, had just dropped off a friend and was driving to her Carmichael home about 11:10 p.m. after attending a Sacramento Opera performance.
A Lexus driven by Nikita Page, 31, hit the driver's side of Spector's Toyota Avalon. Page was southbound on Watt and had rear-ended a car near Arden Way before hitting Spector's car. The Lexus spun out of control after striking Spector's Toyota and hit a Honda Accord before coming to a stop. The driver of the Honda, a 19-year-old Antelope woman, suffered minor injuries.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Page pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing injury or death, and hit and run driving, and was sentenced in 2007 to six years in state prison. Her name does not appear in the online roster of current state prison inmates.