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November 10, 2013
Second passenger dies after Sacramento hit-and-run crash

By Ryan Lillis
rlillis@sacbee.com

The second passenger of a car that crashed on Auburn Boulevard near the Interstate-80 off-ramp Nov. 4 has died, and the driver of the automobile was booked today into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said.

Antonio Reddick, 30, was booked after spending nearly a week in a hospital. He was held without bail, according to police and jail records. The crash killed Cherion Robinson, 23, of Sacramento. The name of the second passenger, who died Friday, was not immediately available.

Police said a Dodge Neon driven by Reddick was in a hit-and-run crash before the fatal wreck. The Dodge was being followed by the driver of the other car involved in the hit-and-run incident when it ran a red light, collided with a Toyota and crashed into a tree, police said. The Toyota's driver was also injured.

November 10, 2013
Suspect arrested for stealing street sweeper from Natomas parking lot

A Sacramento man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly stole a street sweeper from a grocery store parking lot in the Natomas area and crashed into several parked cars while fleeing police.

Lavonn Dill, 18, (pictured) was being held on $30,000 bail at the Sacramento County Jail. He is facing felony charges of motor vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a police officer, hit and run property damage, and driving without a license.

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Shortly before 11:51 p.m. Saturday, police officers spotted a white street sweeper truck pull out quickly from the parking lot of the Bel Air market, 1540 W. El Camino Avenue.

It did not have its headlights on and ran a red traffic light before heading north on Truxel Road. When officers attempted to pull over the truck for a traffic stop, the driver apparently lost control, and hit three parked cars on Truxel Road.

The suspect then abandoned the vehicle, and a foot chase began near Truxel Road and Brewerton Drive. A perimeter was set up in the area, and a police helicopter found Dill hiding in a backyard garbage container. He surrendered without incident to a K-9 officer.


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November 8, 2013
Police arrest man accused of causing crash that killed Lodi family

Ryan Christopher Morales.jpegLodi police announced the arrest of the driver accused of causing a collision Oct. 22 that killed five members of a family, including a pregnant woman, and critically injured another member.

Ryan Christopher Morales, 28, of Lodi was taken into custody Friday at a Sacramento-area hospital where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, according to a Police Department news release. Officials said he has been moved to a Lodi-area hospital to continue his recovery. Police said he will be booked into San Joaquin County Jail after his doctors clear him for incarceration, and he will remain under guard until he is booked.

Morales was arrested on suspicion of six counts of second-degree murder and six counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Police said additional charges may be considered by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office after a review of the completed investigation.

November 8, 2013
Roseville police suspect DUI in early morning vehicle rollover

Roseville police continue to investigate a single vehicle rollover on southbound Fiddyment Road that occurred early Friday morning.

The incident, south of Pleasant Grove Boulevard, was reported at 1:24 a.m. Authorities said a 2003 Infiniti sedan was driving at "a high rate of speed" southbound on Fiddyment Road when the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle into a field. The vehicle ignited a small grass fire, but the flames were quickly extinguished by emergency personnel.

Police said the 34-year-old male driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Authorities suspect the driver might have been under the influence of alcohol.

Southbound lanes of Fiddyment Road will remain closed for the next few hours, while authorities investigate the scene.

November 7, 2013
Somerset man killed in head-on crash in Sutter County

A 61-year-old Somerset man died this afternoon in a head-on collision on Highway 20 in Sutter County.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, was westbound on Highway 20, west of the Sutter Bypass Bridge, when for some reason he allowed his Ford F 250 pickup to enter the eastbound lane, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The pickup collided head on with an eastbound big-rig truck and trailer.

Following the collision, the big rig bounced off the concrete guardrail on the south side of the highway and came to rest, on its wheels, against the north guardrail. The trailer was empty and also remained on its wheels, blocking the entire roadway, the CHP reported.

November 6, 2013
Update: Man killed in Woodland crash identified

The man who was killed when a car crashed into a tree along Interstate 5 near Woodland early Tuesday was identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office Wednesday as Darren Fung, 23, of Chico.

Fung, who was the driver, died at the scene.

A passenger, Mickey Reeder, 27, of Chico was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

The accident occurred at 6:31 a.m. when Fung was driving a 2003 Dodge Neon south at an unknown speed on I-5 near the West Street off ramp, on north side of Woodland.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, for some unknown reason, Fung had turned the steering wheel left while driving on the far right lane, causing the car to go into the center median.

Fung then allegedly turned the wheel to the right, which caused him to lose control, and the Dodge Neon to spin in a clockwise direction across both southbound lanes. It wound up on the west shoulder, where the driver's side door struck a tree.

Fung and Reeder were not wearing seat belts at the time, and Fung was ejected upon impact. Reeder sustained major injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the collision, the CHP said.

November 5, 2013
Sacramento man dies in crash on Interstate 80 near Roseville

A 63-year-old Sacramento man died this morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near the Riverside Avenue exit in Roseville.

California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said the driver of a Volkswagen Bug was eastbound on I-80 west of the Riverside Avenue exit at 11:47 a.m. when witnesses reported that the car veered to the right. The vehicle crossed two lanes leading to the offramp and spun around. Dutton said the rear of the vehicle struck a tree.

The man, who was alone in the vehicle, was identified by a family member as Robert Ellowitz, a psychotherapist at Kaiser South in Sacramento. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dutton said a medical condition may have caused the crash, which remains under investigation.

November 5, 2013
1 killed, 3 injured in Sacramento crash involving hit-and-run driver

One person was killed and three others injured in a two-car crash on Auburn Boulevard, near the Interstate 80 off-ramp late Monday night.

Cherion Robinson, 23, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two men, one in his 20s and another who is 33, were injured and taken to area hospitals. A woman, 41, was also hurt and taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

One of the injured men - the one in his 20s - has been arrested for drunken driving and may face vehicular manslaughter charges, according to police. His name was not released by police Tuesday.

The incident started sometime before 10:55 p.m. Monday, when Sacramento responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital, 4250 Auburn Boulevard.

A Dodge Neon, carrying three people, had crashed into a tree after careening off of a Toyota Camry.

"The suspect vehicle jumped the center median and came to rest on the eastbound shoulder of Auburn Boulevard," said Officer Michele Gigante, spokeswoman for Sacramento police.

Robinson, who was the front passenger in the Dodge Neon, was killed. The driver, a man in his 20s, and a back passenger, the 33-year-old man, were injured.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, the 41-year-old woman, was also hurt.

Investigators learned that prior to the crash, the Dodge Neon had been involved in an hit-and-run accident on Madison Avenue and Date Avenue.

The people in the unidentified car that was hit were not injured.

"The suspect vehicle took off and the victim vehicle was following the suspect vehicle to get a license plate," said Gigante.

The two vehicles were traveling on the Capitol Highway when the Dodge Neon took the Auburn Avenue exit.

"It went through a red light at a high rate of speed and t-boned another vehicle coming into the intersection," said Gigante.

The collision with the Toyota Camry sent the Dodge Neon careening across the center median, and into a tree in front of Heritage Oaks Hospital.


November 5, 2013
Car crash into tree off of I-5 near Woodland kills 1, injures 1

A Dodge Neon plowed into a tree off of Interstate 5 near Woodland early Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring another, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Crescent City man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene, and a Chico man, also in his 20s, was taken to a nearby hospital with major injuries, said Sgt. Andy Hill with the CHP.

It was not clear which man was the driver.

The accident occurred at 6:31 a.m. when a Dodge Neon was going southbound on I-5 near the West Street off-ramp, on the north side of Woodland, when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

The collision caused one man to be ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was unknown what caused the crash. "It is still under investigation," said Hill.

There was no impact to traffic on I-5, as the accident occurred off the highway.

November 4, 2013
UPDATE: Woman struck by Amtrak train was UC Davis grad

A woman who died Sunday evening when she was struck by an Amtrak train at the Davis station was identified Monday as Andrea Laurette Mrotz, 29, of Vallejo, a UC Davis graduate and Bay Area activist.

Mrotz graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology, said UC Davis spokeswoman Julia Ann Easley.

According to Mrotz's Facebook page and newspaper accounts, she was a leader of Label GMOs Vallejo/Benicia, a grassroots organization that has lobbied to require labeling of foods if they contain genetically engineered ingredients.

November 1, 2013
Coroner identifies Power Inn Road fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man hit and killed by a vehicle Thursday on Power Inn Road.

He was identified as Mark Schwabe, 54, of Sacramento.

Schwabe was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive around 5 a.m. Thursday. The driver tried to avoid hitting Schwabe, who appeared to be crawling or lying on the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He may have also been hit by a second vehicle. Schwabe died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

October 31, 2013
Update: Power Inn traffic fatality was down on roadway when hit

The California Highway Patrol reports that a man who appeared to by lying or crawling in the roadway was hit and killed by a vehicle this morning in southern Sacramento County.

At about 5 a.m. today, the man was observed to be down in the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Power Inn Road at Scottsdale Drive. The driver tried to avoid hitting the man but could not.

A second vehicle, possibly a red or brown pickup truck, also stopped at the scene and may have also hit the man, according to the CHP. The driver of the pickup briefly stopped but then drove away. The CHP wants to speak with the pickup driver.

The driver who initially struck the man was interviewed at the scene and released. No charges are pending against that motorist.

The man who was hit was either dragged or propelled about 75 feet north of the intersection. He died at the scene.

The CHP is seeking witnesses to the traffic incident. Call (916) 681-2300 if you can help.

October 30, 2013
Motorcyclist dies on transition curve from Highway 50

A motorcyclist died from his injuries suffered when his vehicle hit a highway guardrail Tuesday in Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the motorcyclist as William Maxwell Puckett, 31, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that at about 11 a.m. Tuesday Puckett was traveling from eastbound Highway 50 to northbound Capital City Freeway when his motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve and hit a guardrail, according to a preliminary investigation.

He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

October 30, 2013
Coroner identifies South Sacramento auto-pedestrian fatality

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car Monday in the Parkway neighborhood.

She was identified as Rita Ann Moye, 47, of Sacramento. Moye was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

She died at the scene. The motorist, who was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when Moye was struck, waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

October 29, 2013
Funeral account established for family killed in Lodi crash

A fund has been established to help cover funeral expenses for five members of a family killed in a traffic collision in Lodi last week.

In a statement issued through the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, Felipe Miranda announced that the account has been established with BBVA Compass bank. Donations may be made through bank branches to the Miranda Family Funeral Account, No. 10877761.

Felipe Miranda's brother, Luis Miranda, 32, was killed Oct. 22 along with Luis' pregnant wife, Viviana Rodriguez, 31. Also killed in the crash were three of their four children: Irving, 12, Jose, 6, and Stephanie, 5. The other child, 9-year-old Eden, survived and was listed in critical condition after the crash.

October 29, 2013
Colfax girl struck by vehicle while walking to school

A 13-year-old Colfax girl suffered moderate injuries this morning when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street on her way to school.

The teen was walking from a private driveway about 8:45 a.m. and began crossing West Weimar Cross Road, directly in front of Weimar Hills School, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. There is no crosswalk at this location, and CHP officials said Hawkins entered the roadway directly in front of a northbound 1997 Saturn Wagon driven by 20-year-old Casey Stillford of Colfax.

The vehicle struck the girl, who was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The CHP reported that the collision is under investigation, but neither drugs nor alcohol was involved.

October 29, 2013
Trucker dies in Feather River Canyon accident

Jane Braxton Little
Bee Correspondent

QUINCY - A tractor-trailer truck heading east in the Feather River Canyon early Tuesday morning hit a rock in the roadway and jackknifed, killing the driver and starting a fire.

The driver of the 2003 Freightliner ruptured a fuel tank after he lost control of his truck, said California Highway Patrolman Blair Parrott.

The truck was fully engulfed in flames, trapping the driver inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Parrott said.

The fire damaged the roadway, resulting in a complete closure of state Highway 70 four miles west of Belden for nearly nine hours, said Trisha Corder, a Caltrans spokeswoman.

Caltrans reopened the highway at noon.

The victim's name has been withheld pending notification of his relatives.

October 29, 2013
Citrus Heights man identified as motorist killed on I-5

A Citrus Heights man was killed in an early morning crash on Interstate 5 in Yolo County over the weekend.

The Yolo County Coroner's office identified the man as 58-year-old Steven Carl Luth.

The California Highway Patrol said that Luth was traveling southbound on I-5 at the Yolo Bypass near County Road 22 about 1 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his 1998 Mercury and hit a bridge railing.

The car then crossed both lanes and hit a bridge railing on the left side of the freeway. At some point Luth got out of his car, according to the CHP.

Around the same time, West Sacramento police officer stopped to render aide. Luth suffered fatal injuries when he was struck after exiting his vehicle during a series of collisions, according to a CHP.

The West Sacramento police squad car, Luth's car and two other cars were damaged. Four people in a Chevrolet suffered injuries.

The West Sacramento officer was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for precautionary reasons. The series of crashes is being investigated by the CHP.

October 28, 2013
Homicide charges expected in Lodi crash that killed five

By Sam Stanton and Bill Lindelof
sstanton@sacbee.com

LODI -- Police say they are pursuing murder charges in the vehicle crash last Tuesday that killed five members of a Lodi family, including a woman seven months pregnant, and left a 9-year-old boy orphaned and hospitalized.

Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms told reporters this morning that "this horrific event was not an accident" and that murder charges would be pursued against 28-year-old Ryan Christopher Morales, who is suspected of drunken driving in the incident.

Morales, who was recently released from prison, appears to be the only individual who was under the influence of alcohol in the wreck and could be charged with second-degree murder for each person killed, with a penalty of 15 years to life.

October 28, 2013
Another pedestrian hit and killed on Sacramento street

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car this morning in the Parkway neighborhood of South Sacramento.

The 48-year-old woman was walking on Brookfield Drive between Franklin Boulevard and Mack Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a sedan, according to Sacramento police.

Her name has not been released, pending notification of family. She died at the scene.

The motorist was eastbound on Brookfield Drive when the woman as struck. The driver waited at the scene for the arrival of police.

Several pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed in crashes in the past week on Sacramento streets.

October 28, 2013
Bicyclist in fatal Carmichael crash is identified

The name of the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle last week in Carmichael has been released by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Richard Aaron Leeper, 21, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at 8:05 p.m. Thursday on El Camino Avenue, near Laurence Avenue.

Leeper was traveling in the wrong direction on El Camino Avenue when he was hit by the oncoming SUV, said Officer Lizz Dutton, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

Leeper didn't have a headlight on his bicycle and wasn't wearing a helmet, according to Dutton.

October 24, 2013
Bicyclist killed in collision with SUV in Carmichael

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle Thursday night in Carmichael, police said.

The incident occurred at 8:05 p.m. on El Camino Avenue, near Laurence Avenue. The cyclist, a male in his 20s, was traveling in the wrong direction on El Camino Avenue when he was hit by an oncoming SUV, said Officer Lizz Dutton, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

"The cyclist was on the same road, but he was facing traffic. The rider didn't have a headlight and wasn't wearing a helmet," Dutton said.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities are still interviewing the driver of the SUV to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, Dutton said.

October 24, 2013
13-year-old boy dies in car crash near Woodland

A teenage boy was killed, and his father and a male cousin were injured when a car apparently veered off Interstate 5 in Woodland early Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 13-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released by the Yolo County Coroner's Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Sergio Gomez-Sandav, 18, of Turlock, and a male passenger, Galvan Audel, 39, of Vancouver, Wash. suffered abrasions and were treated at the scene.

October 23, 2013
Woman lying on track struck and killed by RT train

A woman was struck and killed by a Regional Transit train Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. between the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and Globe stations. An RT train heading from downtown toward Watt/I-80 struck a woman lying on the track, said Alane Masui, RT spokeswoman.

"Because the woman was wearing dark clothing and laying across the dark asphalt, the operator was unable to avoid striking the woman," Masui said, noting that the individual was not in a "pedestrian walkway."

Authorities have not released the identity of the woman.

October 23, 2013
Midtown Sacramento cyclist seriously injured in collision with city garbage truck

A cyclist riding in midtown Sacramento this morning was seriously injured after colliding with a city garbage truck, according to police.

The cyclist, an adult man, was transported to the hospital but is expected to survive, said police Officer Doug Morse.

No crime is suspected in the collision, which Morse described as a "tragic accident."

The collision occurred before 9 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Capitol Avenue, Morse said. The cyclist and the garbage truck were both travelling northbound on 21st Street when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Capitol Boulevard. The truck and the cyclist then collided.

The cause of the investigation is still under investigation, Morse said.

October 23, 2013
Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento identified

A man who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in north Sacramento early Tuesday has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified him Wednesday as Jeffery Allen Ritz, 33. No city was given as his residence.

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Ritz was apparently walking north across Arden Way, near Empress Street, when an eastbound vehicle on Arden Way struck him.

Ritz was pronounced dead at the scene, which the coroner's office had indicated was in front of a Shell gas station, 860 Arden Way.

The motorist, who was not identified, had remained on the scene. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which occurred near an uncontrolled intersection.

October 23, 2013
Woman killed in Elk Grove hit and run accident identified

The woman who was killed in a hit and run accident in Elk Grove early Tuesday morning has been identified.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified her as Ann Babetta Vavrick, 62, of Elk Grove.

At 2:09 a.m. Tuesday, Elk Grove police had received a call of a woman sitting on different sides of the road of Stockton Boulevard, north of Sheldon Road.

When officers arrived, they found Vavrick lying on the ground in the middle of a northbound lane of Stockton Boulevard. She had apparently been hit by a vehicle which had left the scene. She was pronounced dead onsite.

Elk Grove police are still searching for the hit and run vehicle and are asking for the public's help in locating it. It was not known what type of vehicle it was, but it would have damage to the undercarriage.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Elk Grove police's traffic division at (916) 478-8148.

October 22, 2013
Update: Five dead, others critical in Lodi crash

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By Sam Stanton, Tillie Fong and Richard Chang
sstanton@sacbee.com

Police say the death toll from a multiple vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Lodi is at five, with two other victims in critical condition.

Authorities have not officially released the names of the dead, but they appear to be from one family that was in a Ford pickup truck involved in the crash before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The dead include a man in his 30s who was driving the truck, a woman seven months pregnant, a 12-year-old boy, 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl. A 9-year-old boy who is a sibling of the dead children is in critical condition.

October 22, 2013
Cyclist killed in Monday accident in south Sacramento identified

The cyclist who was killed early Monday during a traffic accident in south Sacramento has been identified.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the victim as James Combis, 59, of Sacramento.

Combis was struck by a sport utility vehicle after he apparently swerved in front of the vehicle at 6:25 a.m. on Stockton Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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October 22, 2013
Girl struck by car while walking to school in south Sacramento

A 14-year-old girl was hurt when she was hit by a vehicle as she was walking to school Tuesday morning.

The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The accident occurred at 7:35 a.m. in the 5200 block of Valley Hi Drive.

October 22, 2013
Elderly Sacramento woman killed in auto-pedestrian accident

An elderly Sacramento woman was killed Monday night when she was hit by a car as she was walking on a dark street in the Arden Arcade area.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified the woman as Rosemarie Jitner, 75.

At 7 p.m., Monday, a Toyota Camry was traveling north on the far right lane of Eastern Avenue, just south of Fitch Way, when it hit an elderly woman walking on the right side of the road. The vehicle was going 40 mph at the time.

October 22, 2013
Woman killed in hit and run accident in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police are asking for the public's help in locating the driver involved in a fatal hit and run accident on Stockton Boulevard near Sheldon Road early Tuesday.

A 62-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this point, we do not have any idea of what type of vehicle struck her, and we don't have any eye witnesses to the actual collision," said Officer Chris Trim, spokesman for Elk Grove police.

October 17, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Were charges filed against wrong-way driver in fatal I-5 crash?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What was the name of the wrong-way driver in the fatal collision June 20 on Interstate 5, and have charges been filed?
Submitted by: L. Gibson, Sacramento

ANSWER: Jefferson Cortez was identified as the driver of a vehicle that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Del Paso Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when his car struck two other vehicles, according to California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton.

October 16, 2013
Man killed when trying to retrieve belongings on freeway is identified

A man who was killed when struck by a car while he was trying to retrieve his dropped belongings on Highway 99 has been identified by the coroner's office.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office website listed the motorist as Hien Van Tran, 45, of Elk Grove.

Tran's death occurred at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to the website.

October 15, 2013
Man killed on Highway 99 trying to retrieve items from roadway

A man was killed and another motorist was injured on Highway 99 in south Sacramento County this morning as the man tried to retrieve items that had fallen from his vehicle.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said a man in a pickup truck was northbound on Highway 99 south of Dillard Road when some of his belongings fell out of the truck onto the roadway. The man pulled to the median and got out of the truck to try to retrieve the items.

Bradley said traffic was slowing, either to avoid the man or items in the lanes, when a woman driving a Volkswagen swerved into the median, striking the man.

October 15, 2013
Metro Fire notes when being pinned in a crashed car is a good thing

Metro Fire reports that it was lucky that a woman was trapped inside her crashed car because exiting the vehicle might have led to electrocution.

Fire crews were dispatched to Sunrise Boulevard and Grant Line Road about 7 p.m. Monday where a driver crashed into a power pole, her car landing on it side in the ditch.

The driver's problems didn't end there: Power lines touched her car and also started a grass fire. Still, it was good, fire officials said, that she was pinned inside, according to a fire district press release.

October 14, 2013
Three young people dead in Yuba County crash

Three people were killed in a roll-over accident Sunday in Yuba County.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a car being driven by Nicholas Hill, 29, of Redding was traveling southbound on Marysville Road near Dobbins about 2:15 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle was allowed to leave the roadway. The driver over-corrected, lost control and collided with a large tree.

The car then rolled several times across both lanes. Three occupants, including the driver, were ejected.

Hill, Lacey Newman, 20, of Dobbins, and Taylor Ellis, 21, of Santee, San Diego County, were killed, according to a CHP press release.

A fourth person in the car, Colton Sullivan, 23, remained restrained inside the vehicle and suffered moderate injuries.

October 11, 2013
Coroner identifies man crushed to death in Yolo County crash

A passenger in a car that crashed into a field along a rural Yolo County Road has died, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Killed in the roll-over crash was Jose Luis Fierros, 25, of Winters.

The crash occurred about 6:50 a.m. Thursday morning along County Road 89 south of County Road 29 when Francisco Alberto Lopez Quezada, 24, of Winters was traveling with Fierros in a Ford Crown Victoria at a high rate of speed, according to a CHP press release.

The car was heading southbound on County Road 89 when Quezada allowed the car to drift to the right side of the road. He then over-corrected to the left, losing control.

The Ford crossed over the road, entered a drainage ditch and then struck an embankment before landing in a dirt field. The car rolled several times before landing on its wheels.

Fierros was partially ejected, causing his body to be crushed, according to the CHP.

Quezada suffered major injuries and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center.

October 10, 2013
Elderly pedestrian dies in collision on Carmichael street

The California Highway Patrol said that a man from a retirement home was hit and killed by a vehicle Wednesday night when walking on Carmichael street.

John J. Maykovich, 82, was reported dead at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office website.

CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said today that at about 8:30 p.m. Maykovich was walking eastbound on Cypress Avenue, west of Walnut Avenue, not far from the Eskaton Village retirement community where he resided.

Dutton said that Maykovich was walking a few feet into the lane when a vehicle traveling eastbound saw him at the last minute. The driver tried to maneuver around Maykovich, but there was another vehicle approaching westbound and a collision could not be avoided, said Dutton.

Dutton said that Maykovich suffered from dementia and personnel from Eskaton had been searching for him.

"He may have been making his way back to where he lived, but unfortunately he didn't make it," said Dutton.

October 8, 2013
Coroner releases name of woman run over by RT bus

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of a woman who died Monday evening when she was thrown from her bike and run over by a bus.

Rachel M. Martinez, 59, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene after her bicycle collided with a Regional Transit bus at Florin Road and East Parkway in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the accident occurred about 6 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Florin Road at East Parkway.

He said Martinez was at the southeast corner of East Parkway as the bus was pulling up to a bus stop just east of her. The bicycle and bus collided, and the woman was propelled off the bike onto the ground. Bradley said she was run over by the right rear wheel of the bus.

Bradley said CHP investigators hope video from a nearby gas station and possibly from a red-light camera at the intersection will help provide more details about how the crash occurred.

Sacramento Regional Transit officials said they have launched an investigation, but said preliminary information suggests the woman's bike hit the bus.

October 7, 2013
UPDATE: Woman dies after bike hit by Regional Transit bus

A woman died this evening after her bicycle was struck by a Regional Transit bus at Florin Road and East Parkway in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the accident occurred about 6:10 p.m. as the bus was eastbound on Florin Road at East Parkway.

He said the bicyclist, a 51-year-old woman, was at the southeast corner of East Parkway as the bus was pulling up to a bus stop just east of her. The bicycle tire was struck by the bus and the woman was propelled off the bike onto the ground. Bradley said she was run over by the right rear wheel of the bus.

The woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified.

Bradley said about 15 people were on the bus at the time.

He said CHP investigators hope video from a nearby gas station and possibly from a red-light camera at the intersection will help determine how the crash occurred.

October 7, 2013
Bicyclist seriously injured in North Natomas collision

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries this afternoon in a collision with a vehicle at Natomas Boulevard and North Bend Drive in Sacramento's North Natomas area.

Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the collision occurred about 1:37 p.m. The bicyclist, an 18-year-old man, was riding in a crosswalk, crossing the intersection against a red light, when he was struck by a vehicle, she said.

Gigante said the driver of the vehicle stopped and is cooperating with police. Neither the driver nor two children in the vehicle were injured.

Gigante said traffic investigators are on scene, and the intersection is expected to be closed to traffic for about two hours.

October 7, 2013
Yuba City woman dies after walking in front of vehicle on Highway 20

A pedestrian was killed Sunday night when she walked into traffic in Yuba County, the California Highway Patrol reports.

The 31-year-old Yuba City woman was walking west along Highway 20 near Levee Road about 10 p.m. Sunday when she stepped into the roadway, directly in front of a westbound vehicle, a CHP news release states. The 45-year-old driver from Browns Valley, Yuba County, unsuccessfully attempted to avoid hitting the woman.

The pedestrian died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

October 5, 2013
Interstate 5, near Garden Hwy, to reopen after accident involving big rig

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5, near Garden Highway, are set to reopen after an accident involving a big rig and three vehicles snarled traffic for about two hours.

The incident was sparked when a Nissan sedan lost control at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and hit a big rig, triggering a chain reaction, California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said.

October 4, 2013
All lanes open after clean up of big rig crash on I-5 near Twin Cities Road

All lanes are now open on southbound Interstate 5 near Galt where a big rig came to rest after a crash.

The big rig was traveling in the northbound direction on I-5 about 4 a.m. today when it hit one of two cars involved in an earlier non-injury collision. The big rig ended up on its side, blocking a lane of southbound I-5 south of Twin Cities Road.

The other vehicles remained on the northbound side of I-5 and no lanes were blocked on that side of the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol said a lane of southbound I-5 might have to be closed again later today so that the truck could be towed from the median.

October 4, 2013
Coroner identifies man and woman killed on Delta road

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man and woman who were hit and killed in the road near Walnut Grove Wednesday night.

They were identified as Marlene Vicente, 23, of Bellingham, Wash., and Manuel N. Cardenas, 20, of Isleton.

A CHP spokesman said a motorist driving a Ford Escape was traveling on Andrus Island Road just south of Walnut Grove when the two, who were either sitting or walking in the roadway, were hit by the vehicle.

Vicente and Cardenas died at the scene. They were pronounced dead at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver saw Vicente and Cardenas at the last second on the darkened roadway and could not stop.

October 3, 2013
Two die when struck on road near Walnut Grove

Two people were hit and killed on a darkened Delta roadway Wednesday night.

California Highway Patrol officer Michael Bradley said a motorist driving a Ford Escape was traveling on Andrus Island Road just south of Walnut Grove when he hit two people sitting or walking in the roadway. The man and woman were trapped underneath the vehicle.

The two died at the scene. Their identities have not been released.

Bradley said that the driver saw the two at the last second and could not stop.

October 2, 2013
Coroner identifies bicyclist killed in collision with big rig

A bicyclist who died Tuesday in a collision with a big-rig truck has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 35-year-old Corey Bachman.

Bachman's city of residence was not identified.

He died after colliding with the back of a big rig on Franklin Boulevard at 52nd Avenue in south Sacramento County.

October 2, 2013
CHP arrests woman in death of motorcyclist in Orangevale

A Fair Oaks woman was arrested today on suspicion of hit and run for her alleged involvement in a crash that killed a motorcyclist.

Amanda K. Horn, 29, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers who had been looking for a driver whose actions contributed to the death of a 55-year-old motorcyclist Tuesday night in Orangevale.

CHP spokesman Officer Jasper Begay said that at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday a driver in a car traveling eastbound pulled up to the stop sign on Jonnie Way at Hazel Avenue. Hazel Avenue does not have a stop sign at the location.

Officers said the driver stopped at the sign then accelerated onto Hazel Avenue where the car was hit by a Mercedes traveling southbound on Hazel.

The motorcyclist was also traveling southbound in another lane on Hazel Avenue. The Mercedes also struck the motorcycle, knocking the rider from his vehicle.

The motorcyclist died at the scene.

The driver of the car that drove into traffic on Hazel Avenue from Jonnie Way stopped, but then drove away, said Begay. Horn was arrested Wednesday morning. The crash is under investigation.

October 2, 2013
Train strikes truck in south Sacramento: no injuries

The California Highway Patrol reported that an Amtrak train struck a pickup in South Sacramento County this morning. No injuries were reported.

The stolen pickup was left on the tracks at Gerber Road near French Road about 7 a.m. today. Nobody on the train was injured, said CHP officer Rich Wetzel.

The truck had been abandoned, Wetzel said. No information on damage was available.

October 1, 2013
Bicyclist dies in crash with big rig in south Sacramento County

A bicyclist has died after colliding with the back of a big rig on Franklin Boulevard at 52nd Avenue in south Sacramento County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said the crash occurred about 3:10 p.m. as a big-rig truck was making a right turn from southbound Franklin Boulevard onto westbound 52nd Avenue. He said a bicyclist, also traveling southbound on Franklin, collided with the trailer portion of the truck and was run over by the rear axle of big rig.

Bradley said the cyclist, thought to be an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The big-rig driver stopped, and neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been factors in the collision, Bradley said.

September 30, 2013
UPDATE: CHP seeks to trace debris that injured Colfax man on I-80

Debris that seriously injured a motorist on Interstate 80 in Placer County Sunday appears to be a large bracket from a mud flap, possibly from a large truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Kurt Reisinger, 54, Colfax, was injured Sunday morning when he was struck by the metal debris that went through the windshield of his truck.

According to the California Highway Patrol, about 8:43 a.m., Reisinger was driving a white 2003 Ford F-250 westbound on I-80 in the No. 2 lane west of Weimar Cross Road. For reasons yet to be determined, his vehicle drifted to the left, striking the right side of a 2003 Cadillac Escalade that was westbound in the No. 1 lane. Reisinger's vehicle continued to the left and into the center divide area, where it came to a stop.

The driver of the Escalade, 45-year-old Androo Allen of Reno, stopped and checked on Reisinger. Finding Reisinger unconscious, Allen called for medical aid.

September 30, 2013
Two teens killed at intersection identified by Sacramento coroner

Two teenage boys were killed in a crash at a Sacramento county intersection Saturday evening.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office listed the fatally injured teens as Yuriy Boyko, 16, and Vladislav Yaroshuk, 16, both of Sacramento.

A California Highway Patrol spokesman said a Hummer SUV was traveling northbound on Bradshaw Road approaching Vintage Park Drive about 5 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, the two teens, with Boyko at the wheel of a Honda Civic, were heading eastbound on Vintage Park at the intersection.

Boyko failed to stop at the red signal light, witnesses told the CHP. The Hummer hit the side of the Civic, according to the CHP.

Editor's note (9:10 p.m.): The spelling of Boyko's first name has been corrected.

September 30, 2013
Pedestrian dies when hit in lane on Bradshaw Road

A man died early Saturday morning when he struck by a car while walking on Bradshaw Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office listed the pedestrian killed in the crash as Dionysos Jay Lewis, 21, of Sacramento.

The California Highway Patrol said that Lewis was walking northbound in a southbound lane of Bradshaw Road bout 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Kiefer Boulevard. The driver of a car heading southbound could not see Lewis, who was wearing dark clothing.

The driver applied her brakes but the car could not be stopped in time and Lewis was struck head-on. He died at the scene, according the CHP.

September 27, 2013
One-way traffic now allowed on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe after collision

One lane of Highway 50 has reopened after the highway was closed for more than an hour as the result of a major injury collision in South Lake Tahoe, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Westbound and eastbound traffic will get alternate opportunities to move through the area, near Echo Summit Road, according to CHP reports online.

The collision occurred about 11 a.m.

September 24, 2013
Bicyclist dies after crash with Sacramento County garbage truck

A 22-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries suffered when he collided with a garbage truck in the predawn hours today.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. when a Sacramento County truck driver was traveling northbound on Roseville Road near Oakhollow Drive. Tommy Narvaez of Sacramento was riding southbound facing traffic in the bike lane on the east side of the road.

The California Highway patrol said that as the truck driver got closer Narvaez decided to cross in front of him. The driver tried to swerve away from Narvaez but was not able to avoid a crash.

Narvaez was transported to the hospital with major head injury, according to CHP Officer Lizz Dutton. He was later pronounced dead.

Bee staff writer Phillip Reese contributed to this report.

September 24, 2013
Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed near Negro Bar

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a motorcyclist killed when a car pulled in front of him on Greenback Lane near the entrance to Negro Bar State Park.

The motorcyclist was identified as 41-year-old Shane Curtis Clark. His hometown was not available.

Folsom police said that at about 2 p.m. Clark was traveling eastbound on Greenback Lane when a westbound car turned from Greenback Lane into the path of motorcycle. Clark was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by a white van traveling eastbound on Greenback lane.

September 23, 2013
Woman killed in West Sacramento rollover accident identified

The woman killed in a rollover accident in West Sacramento early Saturday morning was identified Monday as Hope Angeli Castellano, 26, of West Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office determined that she died from multiple blunt force injuries as the result of being in an accident. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a traffic accident on Jefferson Boulevard, just south of Stone Boulevard.

Castellano, who had been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

September 22, 2013
Pedestrian killed after hit by car in Sacramento is identified

Sacramento police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a car Friday night.

At 11:45 p.m. Friday, a man identified as Lonnie Bailey, 18, was walking north in a southbound lane of 24th Street, near 53rd Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle.

The driver immediately stopped and went to the pedestrian's aid, but the man died later.

Police did not release information about the driver or the vehicle but are investigating why the man was in the middle of the roadway.

September 17, 2013
CHP officer injured trying to protect Caltrans worker on I-80 near Auburn

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured this morning in a collision on Interstate 80 in Placer County as he attempted to use his patrol vehicle to protect a state Department of Transportation worker retrieving debris from the roadway.

About 11: 25 a.m., a Caltrans worker was stopped on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, west of Ophir Road to retrieve debris from the slow lane, according to a CHP news release. An Auburn-area CHP officer was approaching the area and saw the Caltrans worker preparing to remove the debris. The officer activated his vehicle's rear emergency lights and positioned the patrol vehicle in the slow traffic lane to protect the Caltrans worker, CHP officials said.

As the patrol vehicle slowly approached the Caltrans worker's location, a red 2012 Subaru Outback, driven by an 86-year-old Auburn woman, was approaching from behind at about 65 mph and did not slow down, officials said. The officer saw the Subaru rapidly approaching and accelerated forward, turning the patrol vehicle in a direction to prevent the Subaru from striking the Caltrans worker.

September 16, 2013
Man reported injured after jumping from van in Elk Grove, police say

Elk Grove police report that a man with developmental disabilities was critically injured this afternoon when he jumped out of a van that was traveling on Bond Road near Crowell Drive.

Police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said police responded to a call at 2:28 p.m. A white passenger van owned by a private firm that transports people with physical or developmental disabilities was eastbound on Bond Road when the passenger in the front seat, a man in his 50s, reportedly unbuckled his seat belt, opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle.

Trim said the man struck the roadway and suffered major head trauma. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. It does not appear that the van struck the man, Trim said, rather the man's injuries were sustained in the fall from the vehicle.

Other passengers were in the van, but no one else was injured and no other vehicles were involved.

September 10, 2013
Sacramento police targeting high collision areas

Sacramento police this month are targeting areas where statistics show the greatest number of collisions have occurred in city.

The saturation patrols will occur every day of the week. Officers will be looking for distracted drivers, hazardous driving and impaired drivers.

The areas include:

September 5, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Have drivers been identfied in recent Folsom crash?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: About two weeks ago a woman in a green SUV was driving crazy, first on Highway 50, then onto Folsom Boulevard and crashed into a guy in a BMW on Iron Point Road in Folsom. Were their IDs ever revealed?
Submitted by: Steve and Beverly, Folsom

ANSWER: The crash occurred about 2:52 p.m. Aug. 14, when a woman reportedly speeding on Folsom Boulevard in a sport utility vehicle approached slow-moving traffic at Iron Point Road.

September 4, 2013
CHP seeks driver in I-80 hit-and-run collision that injured Meadow Vista couple

The California Highway Patrol has released new details regarding a vehicle believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run collision that sent two motorcycle riders to the hospital Aug. 24.

Joe Mikles, 70, and his wife, Mary, of Meadow Vista, were riding a 2001 Harley Davidson soft tail motorcylcle eastbound on Interstate 80 just east of Norwood Avenue about 3:45 p.m. They were traveling 60 to 65 mph in the No. 2 lane when they were struck from behind by a vehicle and ejected from the motorcycle, according to a CHP news release.

After striking the rear of the motorcycle, the driver of the other vehicle failed to stop and continued eastbound on I-80. The couple were transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center with major but not life-threatening injuries, according to the CHP.

September 4, 2013
Sacramento woman dies in crash at Watt Avenue and Highway 50

A Sacramento woman has died after the car in which she was riding was rear-ended by another vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Christine Shimosaka, 35, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, according to the coroner's website.

Shimosaka was riding in the back seat of a car about 1:50 a.m. Sunday that was traveling eastbound on the Watt avenue off ramp at about 40 mph when her vehicle was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle.

September 3, 2013
Yuba City pedestrian injured in suspected DUI crash

A 60-year-old man suffered major injuries this morning when he was struck by a vehicle while walking along Lincoln Road in the Yuba City area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Karemjit Randhawa was walking east on the south side of Lincoln Road approaching Sanborn Road about 8 a.m. James C. Marsh, 41, also of Yuba City, was driving a 2005 Mercedes westbound on Lincoln Road, approaching Sanborn Road.

Marsh failed to stop at the four-way controlled intersection and allowed his vehicle to veer left across the eastbound lane, directly into Randhawa's path. The front of the Mercedes struck Randhawa, who was thrown over the vehicle and onto the roadway, according to a CHP news release.

August 27, 2013
Fresno man injured in Highway 70 crash in Sutter County

A Fresno man suffered major injuries after he lost control of his pickup truck this afternoon on Highway 70 near the Highway 99 connector in Sutter County.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Allan D. Beck II, 26, was driving a 1990 Chevy 1500 southbound on Highway 70 about 1:43 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve just before the connector to southbound Highway 99. The truck continued in a straight path down an embankment and through some trees in the grassy area separating the two highways, according to a CHP news release.

The vehicle flipped and landed on its wheels facing northwest.

August 27, 2013
Motorcyclist dies after colliding with pickup truck in Rio Linda

A 55-year-old Sacramento man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Rio Linda this afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Gregory Gutierrez was riding his black 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Elkhorn Boulevard, west of Marysville Boulevard, when he approached vehicles that were slowing behind a stopped pickup waiting to make a left turn into a private driveway, according to a CHP news release.

Gutierrez passed the slowed traffic by continuing eastbound in the westbound lanes, and then struck the pickup truck as it made the left turn into the driveway. He was ejected from his motorcycle and suffered major injuries, the CHP said.

He was pronounced dead later at Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

Gutierrez was not wearing a motorcycle helmet approved by the Department of Transportation, according to the CHP.

The driver of the pickup also was taken to a local hospital for complaint of pain.

- Kim Minugh

August 26, 2013
CHP on lookout for drunk drivers over holiday enforcement period

Labor Day marks the last hurrah for many summer enthusiasts, but the California Highway Patrol wants to make sure it's a celebration that ends safely.

The CHP is targeting drunk driving during a "maximum enforcement period" that ends at the close of Labor Day. During that time, "all available CHP officers" will be tasked with keeping an eye out for impaired drivers, a news release states.

During the same period last year, 35 people died in collisions in California. Many victims were not wearing seat belts. Also during that time, the CHP made more than 1,300 arrests for driving under the influence, the release states.

Anyone who suspects a drunk driver on the roadway is asked to call 911.

August 26, 2013
Woman dies in Rancho Cordova crash

A woman riding in a car hit by a sport utility vehicle Sunday afternoon in Rancho Cordova has died, according to police.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department said that the woman was killed in the crash that occurred about 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road. Traffic was backed up for several hours.

The woman, who has not been identified by coroner's officials, was in a sedan traveling eastbound on Douglas Road. The car was struck on the passenger side by an SUV traveling northbound on Sunrise Boulevard at the intersection.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the car in which she was riding was injured. Two people in the SUV, which overturned, were also injured.

All three of the injured were transported to hospitals. They were expected to survive.

August 21, 2013
Sacramento motorcyclist who died in head-on crash is identified

Authorities have identified a Sacramento man who died after his motorcycle collided head-on with a car near San Andreas on Monday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Calvin Scott, 49, was riding a 1983 Harley-Davidson Sportster east on Lime Creek Road when the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. Scott allowed the motorcycle to go across the center lines of the road and into the path of a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Michael Rice, 22, of Valley Springs.

Rice suffered minor injuries.

August 20, 2013
Sacramento motorcyclist, 49, dies in head-on collision near San Andreas

A 49-year-old man from Sacramento died after his motorcycle collided head-on with a car near San Andreas.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the man was riding a 1983 Harley Davidson Sporster east on Lime Creek Road when the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. The rider, whose name was not released, allowed the motorcycle to go across the center lines of the road and into the path of a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Michael Rice, 22, of Valley Springs.

The motorcyclist was ejected and landed in the middle of the road. He was wearing a helmet, but it did not meet the requirements for motorcycle helmets, which may have contributed to his fatal injuries, the CHP said.

Rice was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and may face DUI charges after results from a chemical test are returned, the CHP said.

August 14, 2013
Erratic driving reported before Folsom collision

Folsom police are investigating a collision that sent two people to the hospital this afternoon.

Officers and fire crews responded to the crash on Folsom Boulevard at Iron Point Road at 2:52 p.m. Witnesses told police that the driver of one of the vehicles, a sport-utility vehicle, had been seen driving erratically on Highway 50 before exiting at Folsom Boulevard.

The SUV driver, a woman, continued to travel at unsafe speeds, passing vehicles as she approached slow-moving traffic on Iron Point Road, according to a Police Department news release. After passing several vehicles on the right side of the roadway, she tried to change lanes, moving to the left at an unsafe speed and sideswiping a red BMW, witnesses told police. Both vehicles ended up in the median, where the SUV struck a tree.

August 12, 2013
Man dies in fatal car crash on Highway 50

A man died in a car accident on Highway 50 at about 8:45 a.m.

California Highway Patrol said the car was traveling westbound near Sunrise Boulevard and collided into a second vehicle. After the side swipe, the car crashed into the center median.

A lane was closed and slowing down traffic for about an hour. The cause of death is under investigation, according to the CHP.

August 9, 2013
Seven people injured in south Sacramento County crash

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a collision in south Sacramento County that sent seven people hospital with injuries late this afternoon.

The crash occurred about 5:15 p.m. on Calvine Road just east of Cliffcrest Drive and involved three vehicles, including one with six occupants, according to a CHP news release.

A Hyundai Elantra was traveling westbound on Calvine east of Cliffcrest. For reasons that have not been determined, the vehicle crossed over the raised center median and sideswiped an eastbound Honda CRV. The Hyundai continued traveling west in the eastbound lanes and collided with a Honda Pilot, which was traveling behind the CRV. The Hyundai then spun out of control and the right rear passenger door struck a tree.

August 6, 2013
South Lake Tahoe police seek witnesses to truck vs. bike crash

Tahoe truck.jpgTahoe Bicycle.jpgSouth Lake Tahoe police would like to speak with anyone who witnessed to an early morning collision in which a bicyclist was injured.

Police received a 911 call about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday from the driver of a 1-ton flatbed utility truck who said he had just been involved in a collision with a bicyclist in the area of Wildwood Avenue. The 29-year-old driver, a Visalia resident, works for a company that has been contracted to assist with the ongoing roadwork on Highway 50, a Police Department news release states.

The driver reported that he was traveling east about 25 mph in the No. 2 lane and did not see the bicyclist. He told police that he immediately stopped when he felt the impact. He then saw the damaged bicycle and the injured bicyclist lying on the south side of the highway, in the area of the newly rededicated children's memorial tree east of Wildwood Avenue.

August 2, 2013
Yuba City woman dies in Highway 70 crash

A Yuba City woman has died of injuries suffered this morning in a head-on collision on Highway 70,

The crash was reported at 11:42 a.m. at Highway 70 and Ramirez Road, north of Marysville.

A 71-year-old Yuba City man was driving a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup northbound on Highway 70 south of Ramirez Road when he allowed the vehicle to travel off the east side of the roadway, where it struck a mailbox, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The pickup then traveled into the southbound lane, where it collided head-on with a 1999 Buick Regal driven by the Yuba Cilty woman.

August 2, 2013
CHP reports no fatalities in state on I-80 during 8-day challenge

The California Highway Patrol reports that no fatalities occurred during the recent I-80 Challenge, an eight-day campaign that aimed to prevent fatal crashes on the 2,900 miles of Interstate 80 from California to New York.

Beginning July 24 and continuing through Wednesday, highway patrol officers in 10 states stepped up traffic safety, enforcement and education efforts along I-80, according to a CHP news release.

Two people were killed in the eight days on I-80, the fatal collisions occurring in Nebraska and Ohio.

August 1, 2013
Saturday crackdown on motorcycle traffic violations in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police plan to assign extra officers on Saturday to look out for traffic violations by motorcyclists.

The special enforcement is an effort to cut down on deaths and injuries from motorcycle crashes. Last year, Elk Grove police investigated 24 motorcycle-involved injury crashes.

Five of the crashes involved motorcyclists who were driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, according to a police department press release.

State crash data indicates that the primary causes of motorcycle crashes are speeding, unsafe turning and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The police department also asks drivers of other types of vehicles to watch out for motorcyclists, especially when turning or changing lanes.

July 31, 2013
UPDATE: Knights Landing man identified as motorcyclist who died in crash near Esparto

A motorcyclist who died this morning in a collision near Esparto has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as 61-year-old Denis Fred Bartz Sr. of Knights Landing.

A Woodland man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving but later released in connection with the death.

Manuel Perez, 60, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol officers after a crash that occurred about 6 a.m. today on County Road 85 near County Road 15b north of Esparto.

Officers said Perez was driving a pickup on a gravel road when he came to a stop at the end of the roadway. The CHP said that when he began to turn left onto northbound County Road 85 Perez failed to see Bartz on a Harley Davidson motorcycle approaching from the southbound direction.

July 26, 2013
Hit-and-run driver who fled country headed to prison

A man who abandoned his vehicle following a hit-and-run crash, then reported the car stolen, has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison.

Joseph Holyfield pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, hit and run with injury, driving under the influence causing injury and lying to a law enforcement officer, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He also admitted to a previous "strike" conviction for attempted robbery.

On June 24, 2010, Holyfield was returning from boating with family and friends at Rollins Lake, and after consuming approximately 18 beers, officials said. Once home, he took his wife's BMW to meet his drug connection.

July 26, 2013
Sacramento cops arrest mom after child's alleged fall from van

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A woman was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after a citizen reportedly saw a child fall from her moving vehicle.

The witness reported that the child fell from the hatchback of a van while it was in motion. The child then got back into the vehicle, a Sacramento Police Department activity report states.

Officers caught up with the van when it was arriving at a home in the 3900 block of 82nd Street about 4 p.m. Alissa Charlene Anderson, 22, was identified as the driver.

The child was checked by fire department medical personnel and declared unhurt. Anderson's children were released to the custody of a family member.

She was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of dangerous drugs. Police allege that narcotics were found in her possession.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

July 26, 2013
Teen bike rider dies in collision near Marysville

A bicyclist was killed when she veered into the path of a car on Highway 70 north of Marysville on Thursday, the California Highway Patrol reports.

Judith Hansen, 19, of Marysville, was riding north on the shoulder along Highway 70 near Laurellen Road about 5:45 p.m. Thursday. For an unknown reason, she allowed her bike to cross the solid white line into the path of a northbound car.

The motorist tried to avoid the cyclist but hit her, causing fatal injuries.

July 25, 2013
Sacramento woman dies in I-5 crash

A Sacramento woman died Wednesday night when the pickup in which she was riding crossed several lanes of Interstate 5 and hit trees in a Colusa County orchard.

The California Highway Patrol said that Kathleen Leventon, 65, of Citrus Heights was driving southbound on I-5 south of Williams about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday when for unknown reasons she allowed her pickup to enter the center divider.

The pickup then crossed northbound lanes of I-5 before crashing through and a fence and into a walnut orchard where the vehicle hit several trees. The right front passenger, an unidentified 63-year-old Sacramento woman, died at the scene.

Leventon suffered moderate injuries, according to the CHP.

July 25, 2013
I-80 pedestrian fatal of last week identified by coroner

The name of the man who was killed while crossing Interstate 80 on July 18 in Natomas has been released by the Sacramento County Coroner.

He was identified as 26-year-old Bradly Faulkner. His hometown was not available.

Faulkner was crossing the freeway about 5 a.m. when he was hit on eastbound I-80 just east of Truxel Road by a car traveling at about 65 mph. Faulkner was also hit by two other vehicles after being thrown to the roadway.

July 25, 2013
Folsom police to keep an eye on pedestrian-related wrongs

Folsom police will be targeting pedestrian-related violations for most of the rest of the summer.

During July, August and September, officers will be watching for violations committed by both walkers and motorists when it comes to pedestrian safety. Citations will be written for violations in an effort to create safety and encourage walking, police said in a press release.

July 25, 2013
Sacramento clampdown on bad behavior that causes motorbike crashes

Sacramento police will be cracking down this weekend on driving habits that cause motorcycle crashes.

From Friday through Sunday, officers will be watching for traffic violations that can result in motorcyclists being hurt or killed. Officers will focus on violations committed by both motorcyclists and drivers of trucks and cars.

Bad driving that causes motorbike crashes includes unsafe lane changes, failure to use turn signals, speeding and use of cell phones while driving.

The state Office of Traffic Safety notes that motorcycle fatalities have soared from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008, according to a police press release.

July 24, 2013
Traffic signals working again near Rio Vista

Signal lights at Highway 160 and Highway 12 near the Rio Vista bridge are working again following an accident that disabled an electrical power box.

A construction crew performing work for Caltrans at the intersection hit the electrical box that supplied power to the traffic signals around midnight. During much of the morning commute, the signal lights at the four-way stop were flashing red.

An electrical contractor was called in to make repairs to the power box.

July 23, 2013
Clean up of diesel spill along Highway 50 highway today

A crew is expected to clean up a diesel spill today at a West Sacramento highway off ramp where a truck crashed on Monday, according the California Highway Patrol.

A 21-year-old Citrus Heights truck driver traveling eastbound on Highway 50 who exited at Harbor Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Monday ended up losing control of his vehicle.

The driver was unable to steer through the right hand turn and his truck and the trailer he was pulling went off the roadway and up the steep embankment along the Harbor Boulevard overcrossing, the CHP stated in a press release.

The three-axel truck overturned and a fuel tank was punctured. An estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the soft dirt.

The driver was not injured but the truck suffered major damage. An environmental service company will clean up the diesel today, but it is not known if the off ramp will be closed to do the work, according to the CHP.

July 21, 2013
Wrong-way driver was Sacramento man, officers say

The driver who allegedly drove the wrong way on I-5 Saturday evening, causing two crashes and sending three people to the hospital, was identified as Anthony Sabala, 65, of Sacramento, said California Highway Patrol officials Sunday.

"He is facing charges of felony DUI," said Officer Lizz Dutton, spokeswoman for CHP, adding that he has been placed under arrest.

Sabala was listed in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center Sunday.

At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Sabala was allegedly driving the wrong way on Highway 99, when he crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5.

The driver of a northbound blue Honda saw Sabala's vehicle and swerved to the right, hitting a silver Mercedes SUV. Two people in the Honda, a man and a woman, were not hurt. The male driver of the SUV complained of pain, according to Dutton, and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

A white car behind the blue Honda then crashed head-on with Sabala's vehicle. Dutton said the 41-year-old male driver of the white vehicle was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The two crashes, which are being investigated separately, snarled traffic for about 45 minutes Saturday. It was not known where Sabala got onto Highway 99, or how far he traveled before he allegedly caused the accidents.

July 18, 2013
I-80 pedestrian hit by three vehicles

A man crossing Interstate 80 in Natomas died at the scene after being struck by three vehicles.

The man, who has not been identified, was crossing the freeway about 5 a.m. today when he was hit on eastbound I-80 just east of Truxel Road by a car traveling at about 65 mph. The man was also hit by two other vehicles after being thrown to the roadway.

The driver of the first vehicle that hit the man said he was not able to see the pedestrian who was dressed in dark clothing.

The collision remains under investigation.

July 18, 2013
Bicyclist suffers head injury in South Lake Tahoe crash with skateboarder

A bicyclist was badly injured when he collided with a skateboarder on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

Steven Magelssen, 20, of South Lake Tahoe was riding his bicycle southbound on Highway 50 in the center left turn lane approaching a red traffic signal at Heavenly Village Way about 8:30 p.m.

Pablo Bobadilla, 23, of South Lake Tahoe was riding his skateboard while attempting to cross Highway 50 in a marked crosswalk. The traffic signal was directing pedestrians to cross.

July 16, 2013
Coroner identifies pedestrian fatally hit on Rio Linda Boulevard

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified a 90-year-old man who died Sunday after he was hit by a vehicle on Rio Linda Boulevard.

Roger Macker of Sacramento was crossing the boulevard near Lampasas Avenue around 8:42 p.m. on Sunday when he was hit. Macker was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, but he died Sunday night at 9:17 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

Macker was crossing outside of a crosswalk, and investigators reported the driver of the car that struck him did not seem impaired and was cooperative.

July 15, 2013
Pedestrian killed Sunday crossing Rio Linda Boulevard

A man in his 90s died after he was hit by a vehicle around 8:42 p.m. on July 14, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

The unidentified pedestrian was crossing Rio Linda Boulevard outside of the crosswalk when he was struck. Traffic investigators arrived on the scene after an officer was alerted to the incident. The pedestrian was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, but he did not survive.

Investigators reported the driver did not seem impaired and was cooperative.

July 15, 2013
Fatal crash claims two lives Sunday morning in Yolo County

Two people died in a car crash Sunday, when the driver of a 1997 Buick Century lost control on Cacheville Road in Yolo County and hit a tree around 12:10 a.m., according to the Department of California Highway Patrol.

The driver, a Woodland resident who has not been identified, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger, identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Jacob Lynch of Yolo County, was ejected from the Buick in the crash.

A helicopter transported Lynch to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he died at 2:23 a.m. on Sunday.

The CHP is conducting an investigation on the cause of the crash, and it is unclear if alcohol or drugs played a role.

July 12, 2013
Jackknifed truck spills beans in Highway 99 collision

Northbound Highway 99 was closed at the Feather River Bridge for more than three hours after a truck and trailer fully loaded with pinto beans jackknifed, spilling the beans over the roadway.

Two people, a Sacramento man and Yuba City woman, were taken by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville with minor injuries following the 11:30 a.m. crash that involved four vehicles.

The truck-and-trailer rig, driven by Richard E. Crowe, 57, of Rio Linda, was southbound on Highway 99 entering the Feather River Bridge, when it hit a bump in the roadway, causing the trailer to fishtail, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

July 9, 2013
Suspect vehicle in fatal I-5 collision found in dismantling yard

The vehicle suspected of striking a woman on Interstate 5 near Woodland early Friday has been found at a Sacramento dismantling yard, according to the California Highway Patrol

The CHP reported that anonymous tips helped investigators find the vehicle, a 1998 Buick Park Avenue.

Claudia Marie Gonzalez, 17, of Woodland was killed by a hit-and-run driver after she reportedly got out of a vehicle in which she was a passenger and ran into the northbound lanes of traffic on I-5, just north of County Road 103 in Yolo County.

July 9, 2013
Pedestrian killed when hit by truck in Del Paso Heights

A pedestrian was killed Monday night when struck by a truck on a Del Paso Heights street.

Christol Kakau, 25, of Sacramento was hit by the vehicle about 11:15 p.m. Monday when she was crossing Grand Avenue near Taylor Street. The truck that hit Kakau was headed west on Grand Avenue.

Kakau was declared dead at the scene. Sacramento police said that drunk driving and speeding were not factors in the fatal accident.

July 8, 2013
Rio Linda crash victim identified by coroner

A motorist killed when the pickup she was driving hit a tree late last week has been identified by Sacramento County Coroner deputies.

The coroner's website lists her as Lisa Marie Corpuz, 43, of Rio Linda.

Corpuz was declared dead at the scene of the accident at 7:18 p.m. Friday. California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. as Corpuz was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup eastbound on Q Street, east of 16th Street.

She moved into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle. When Corpuz moved back into the eastbound lane, the truck went onto the shoulder and when it came back onto the roadway, she lost control of the vehicle.

Dutton said the truck crossed back over the westbound lane and struck the tree.

July 5, 2013
Woman dies when truck strikes tree in Rio Linda

A woman died early this evening in Rio Linda after she lost control of the truck she was driving and hit a tree.

California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. as a woman was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup eastbound on Q Street, east of 16th Street. She moved into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle. When she moved back into the eastbound lane, the truck went onto the shoulder and when it came back onto the roadway, the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Dutton said the truck crossed back over the westbound lane and struck a tree.

July 5, 2013
CHP: Woodland teen hit and killed after leaving argument in car on I-5

A teen was hit and killed on Interstate 5 near Woodland when she got out of a car after an argument early this morning and ran into traffic lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said that three people were traveling northbound on I-5 about 12:30 a.m. today in a Chevrolet Impala when an argument began in the car. The male driver pulled the car over to the right shoulder, just north of County Road 103.

One of the passengers, a 17-year-old girl, got out, along with the driver. The CHP believes they are cousins.

July 5, 2013
Little boy hit and killed by car in Woodland is identified

A 2-year-old Woodland boy who was hit by a car and killed at a Yolo County shopping center has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

Elijah Lewis was fatally injured Thursday at the Bel Air Shopping Center in Woodland. Police termed it an unfortunate accident.

The child was hit outside of a store at 9 a.m. after he ran in front of a car, said Sgt. Tom Davis of the Woodland Police Department. The little boy suffered head trauma.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy, a 67-year-old woman, was not arrested, Davis said. Witnesses told police that she did not have enough time to react before she hit the boy.

July 4, 2013
2-year-old dies after being hit by car in Woodland

By Benjamin Mullin
bmullin@sacbee.com

A 2-year-old boy was hit by a car and killed at the Bel Air Shopping Center in Woodland this morning in what police are calling an unfortunate accident.

The child, whose identity was not released, was hit outside of a store at 9 a.m. after he ran in front of a car, said Sgt. Tom Davis of the Woodland Police Department. The child, who suffered head trauma, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the boy, a 67-year-old woman, was not arrested, Davis said. Eyewitnesses said that she did not have enough time to react before she hit the boy, he said.

July 4, 2013
Woodland woman killed in hit and run is identified

By Morgan Searles
msearles@sacbee.com

The Sacramento County Coroner has released the identity of a woman who died Tuesday morning after she was hit by a vehicle Sunday in a hit-and-run incident.

Alisa Valerie Horner, 58, was a Woodland resident. Woodland police found Horner unconscious in a 7-Eleven parking lot after 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to a City of Woodland Public Safety news release.

Medical personnel brought Horner to UCD Medical Center for treatment for life-threatening injuries. Horner died at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Witnesses on the scene of the hit and run gave officers a description of the collision, the vehicle involved and the license plate number.

Officers went to the apartment complex at 1245 Alice St. and found the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot. They arrested 28-year-old Kristal Sutton of Woodland from her apartment, and she was booked into the Monroe Detention Center in Woodland.

Call The Bee's Morgan Searles, (916) 321- 1102. On Twitter @MorganSearles

July 3, 2013
Pedestrian in Woodland hit-and-run collision dies of injuries

A woman struck by a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot Sunday night in Woodland has died of her injuries.

The woman, a pedestrian, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center after she was found unconscious in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store at 1229 E. Main St. shortly after 10 p.m., according to a Woodland Police Department news release. Police said the victim, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, died Tuesday.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Kristal Sutton of Woodland, drove over the victim in the parking lot, then fled the area. Investigators obtained a description of the vehicle, including the license plate number.

July 3, 2013
Officials say vehicle on Highway 50 sparked Monday fire

A vehicle traveling on Highway 50 sparked the fire that shut down the freeway during the evening commute Monday and resulted in a power outage affecting thousands of El Dorado County residents.

"The cause of the fire was related to a vehicle driving on eastbound Highway 50," Battalion Chief Chris Anthony of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a written statement.

Fire crews were dispatched at 4:03 p.m. to a report of a wildland fire at eastbound Highway 50 and Ponderosa Road. Fire officials said the fire was found to be between the freeway and Durock Road near a PG&E power substation. Because of the location, the California Highway Patrol closed Highway 50 and Durock Road in both directions until firefighters were able to get a handle on the blaze, according to a Cal Fire news release. The fire was reported fully contained at 8:31 p.m.

June 27, 2013
UC Davis grad student dies from injuries suffered in I-5 crash

By Bill Lindelof and Jeffrey Dastin
blindelof@sacbee.com

UC Davis veterinary school graduate Loreto A. Godoy has died from injuries she suffered in a car crash Friday that killed three others, including her husband's parents, according to a UC Davis news release.

Godoy, 32, and her husband Fernando O. Mardones, 36, were driving to Southern California last week when a 29-year-old man traveling north on Interstate 5 crossed the median and collided head-on with their car. The man, as well as Mardones' parents sitting in the front of the car, died at the scene.

Family members told university officials Wednesday that Godoy, who died at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, will be an organ donor.

June 25, 2013
Folsom police campaign aims to improve pedestrian safety

The Folsom Police Department is launching a public education campaign in an effort to increase pedestrian safety.

Titled "It's Up to All of Us," the campaign will use advertising, the Internet, enforcement and community outreach to deliver messages that focus on reducing pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

During 2011 in Folsom, there were six vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and six pedestrians were injured. During 2012, that number increased to 11 accidents with 11 injuries, according to a Police Department news release. Pedestrians suffered no fatal injuries related to vehicle accidents during that two-year period.

June 25, 2013
Passenger killed in South Land Park crash identified

The woman who died Monday when the car in which she was riding hit a tree in South Land Park has been identified by coroner's deputies.

The Sacramento County Coroner's website lists her name as Emily Catherine Drury, 28, of Sacramento.

Sacramento police said the sedan in which Drury was riding was traveling southbound on Riverside Boulevard near 43rd Avenue about 2 a.m. Monday when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a large tree. A woman who was driving and a male passenger were taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center.

The 25-year-old driver suffered life-threatening injuries. Her name and that of the male passenger, 24, have not been released.

Drury was seated in the rear seat of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Sacramento Fire Department.

June 24, 2013
Davis family hospitalized after fatal crash near Santa Nella

godoy_mardones.jpgBy Jeffrey Dastin and Cathy Locke
jdastin@sacbee.com

Two UC Davis graduate students are in a Fresno hospital following a collision Friday on Interstate 5 near Santa Nella that left three people dead.

Husband and wife Fernando O. Mardones, 36, and Loreto A. Godoy, 32, had celebrated their graduation earlier this month and were traveling to Southern California on Friday with their children -- two daughters who are eight months and 4 years old -- and Mardones' parents when they were involved in a head-on collision, according to a UC Davis news release.

The Fresno Bee reported that the family was headed southbound on I-5 at about 4:30 p.m. when a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man crossed the median and collided with their car. Mardones' parents, Fernando Mardones, 62, and Maria Loreto Loyola, 61, of Nunoa, Santiago, Chile, died while sitting in the front of the car, along with the driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle.

June 24, 2013
Sac police report: A light rail getaway, a sleeping suspect and lost letters found

John Hernandez, 32.JPGIt's all in a day's work for Sacramento police.

A suspected burglar who never made it out of a burgled house, bags of mail found on a bike trail and a crash victim who jumped on light rail and out of an ambulance. Those are three of the recent calls for Sacramento police officers detailed in a police activity log:

• At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday a resident came home to find a stranger asleep on his couch. He was still asleep, with the resident's gun next to him, when officers arrived.

June 24, 2013
South Land Park vehicle crash claims a life

A female passenger died when a car in which she was riding left the roadway and slammed into a tree in South Land Park this morning.

The sedan was traveling southbound on Riverside Boulevard near 43rd Avenue about 2 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a large tree. A woman who was driving and a male passenger were taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center.

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries.

The woman who died was seated in the rear seat of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from the Sacramento Fire Department.

Names and ages of the three people were not immediately available.

June 21, 2013
Driver killed by wrong-way I-5 driver is identified

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the man killed when his car was hit by a wrong-way driver Thursday morning on Interstate 5.

He was identified as Sanching Saetern, 23, of Sacramento.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, whose name has not been released, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Del Paso Road about 1:30 a.m. when his car struck two vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Saetern, the driver of a Toyota Corolla, died at the scene. A family in a Sport Utility Vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The wrong-way driver suffered moderate injuries.

June 20, 2013
Update: Lanes re-opened after fatal wrong-way driver wreck on I-5

All lanes have re-opened on northbound Interstate 5 where earlier this morning a wrong-way driver killed another motorist in a head-on crash.

Traffic was backed up into the downtown area this morning as the California Highway Patrol cleared the fatal traffic collision on Interstate 5. The freeway opened at 6:50 a.m.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Del Paso Road about 1:30 a.m. when his car struck two vehicles.

June 19, 2013
Fresno man identified by coroner in I-5 roll-over accident

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a man killed in a roll-over accident on Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove.

Andrew James Peterson, 24, of Fresno died from injuries suffered in the traffic accident.

The California Highway Patrol said that Peterson was driving his 2005 Toyota Tundra northbound on I-5 north of Hood-Franklin Road when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Peterson's pickup truck swerved into the center median and then back to the right across all lanes of traffic and onto the freeway shoulder area. The vehicle then overturned "multiple times," before coming to rest on its wheels on the freeway.

The accident investigation is on-going, said CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley.

June 17, 2013
Elderly Sacramento man dies two months after being hit by vehicle

A pedestrian has died from injuries suffered when struck by a vehicle in midtown two months ago.

Chao Huang, 82, of Sacramento died at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's office. Huang was struck by a vehicle about 9:45 a.m. April 18 in the vicinity of K and 17th streets.

A Sacramento police activity log posted at the time of the incident noted that Huang suffered serious injuries and that he was treated at a hospital. Traffic investigators were called out to assist with the investigation.

No additional details were immediately available this morning.

June 14, 2013
Wrong-way driver allegedly fleeing hit-and-run crash

Sacramento police are investigating a hit-and-run collision that caused a vehicle to overturn near 15th and J streets Thursday evening.

While stopped at a red light at 16th and K streets about 7:10 p.m., a patrol officer saw a vehicle, with three occupants, traveling the wrong direction on 16th Street with its airbags deployed, according to the Police Department's daily activity log.

The officer activated the police car's lights and siren and pulled in behind the suspect vehicle.

June 13, 2013
Woman found dead after pickup crashes in El Dorado County

A woman was found dead this afternoon in a pickup truck that crashed on a winding rural road in southern El Dorado County.

A passerby reported the crash after coming upon the vehicle on Sand Ridge Road, about 4 miles east of Highway 49, shortly before 3:30 p.m. Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said there were no witnesses, and it is not known whether the victim, an elderly woman, died of injuries suffered in the crash or natural causes.

The woman was the only person in the maroon Dodge Ram pickup. Cuthbertson said the road is very windy and the driver was on a curve when the pickup struck an embankment. The truck sustained significant front-end damage.

June 12, 2013
Reno man dies in pickup crash on Sierra County road

Speed and a rough road were blamed for a Tuesday evening crash in Sierra County that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Reno man.

Andrew Metlenko was a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Cory Adam Neill, 18, of Truckee. The pickup was eastbound on Henness Pass Road headed toward Stampede Meadows Road, northeast of Stampede Reservoir, about 6:20 p.m. The pickup was traveling at an unsafe speed on a dirt and gravel road when it entered a curve on a descending grade where it encountered numerous rocks protruding through the surface of the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Neill lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to negotiate the curve, and the vehicle's rear tires started to slide to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate to the left. The front of the vehicle struck an embankment that bordered a drainage ditch. Officials said the impact caused the pickup to roll to the right, partially ejecting Metlenko, who was not wearing a seat belt, through the passenger side window. The rolling vehicle then landed on top of him.

June 11, 2013
Bicyclist in fatal Elk Grove collision is identified

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the bicyclist who died of injuries suffered in a weekend collision with a pickup truck towing a trailer in Elk Grove.

He was identified as Michael Andrew Ball, 26, of Elk Grove.

The Chevrolet pickup with trailer collided with Ball riding outside the bike lane on Franklin High Road just south of Vilamoura Way about 11 p.m. Sunday, police said. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The driver of the pickup spoke with officers at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau.

June 10, 2013
Bicyclist dies from injuries in Elk Grove collision

A 25-year-old bicyclist died this morning of injuries suffered in a collision with a pickup truck towing a trailer in Elk Grove.

The Chevrolet pickup with trailer collided with the bicyclist riding outside the bike lane on Franklin High Road just south of Vilamoura Way about 11 p.m. Sunday. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead at 1:30 a.m. today.

The driver of the pickup spoke with officers at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau.

The identity of the bicyclist has not been released.

May 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was driver arrested in death of Elk Grove jogger?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I believe in May 2010 or 2011, a young woman was killed by a truck that ran a stop light on Laguna Boulevard and Laguna Park Drive while she was on her morning run. Has there been any update on this case?
Submitted by: Juli, Sacramento

ANSWER: Teresa Hess, 54, of Elk Grove was fatally injured April 5, 2011, when she was struck by a pickup truck as she jogged across Laguna Boulevard.

May 29, 2013
Police seek Mustang in hit-and-run that killed man in wheelchair

Stock+photo+of+suspect+veh.jpgSacramento police have released an updated description of the vehicle sought in connection with a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a man in a wheelchair last week.

A 51-year-old man was crossing the street in the area of 19th and X streets about 1:28 a.m. May 22 when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on X Street, according to a Police Department news release. The motorist did not stop.

The suspect's vehicle initially was described as a two-door white Honda or Acura, but police now believe it was a 1994-1998 white Ford Mustang, similar to the vehicle pictured, with black exterior mirrors. Police say it should have damage to the right front headlight area and is missing the right side mirror. The vehicle may also have damage to the right front fender and bumper.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or crash is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

May 28, 2013
Deputies investigate SUV that went into Delta

San Joaquin County investigators say several bodies found in the Delta are connected to an SUV that crashed into the water over the weekend, Fox40 reports.

Three bodies have been pulled out of the water. More victims may be found, according to the Fox40 report.

May 22, 2013
Pedestrian hit by car, seriously injured in Oak Park

A pedestrian has been taken to a hospital with critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle at Martin Luther King Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the collision occurred at 6:12 p.m. He said the vehicle, a red four-door sedan, remained at the scene. Morse said the pedestrian was a male, but he did not know his age.

No further details were available. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

May 22, 2013
Cell phone ticket numbers about the same but usage down in state

About 57,000 drivers were ticketed for handheld cell phone talking and texting during an April crackdown by the California Highway Patrol and other police agencies.

The California Office of Traffic Safety notes the 57,000 tickets matches the number handed out the year before. The average number of tickets handed out in a non-distracted driving awareness month is 36,000.

While the ticket numbers are the same, the percentage of drivers actively using cell phones at any one time in the state dropped from 10.8 percent in 2012 to 7.4 percent this year. Those figures are compiled during a March observation survey.

May 22, 2013
Update: Man in wheelchair killed in Sacramento hit and run

A man in a wheelchair died when he was struck by a car early this morning in Sacramento.

Police received a call of a person struck by a car at about 1:30 a.m. today at 19th and X streets. Police and fire personnel responded.

The man in his 50s was declared dead at the scene.

A witness told officers that the man in the wheelchair was in the street when a car traveling eastbound on X Street struck him. Sacramento police said in an activity log that the man in the wheelchair was not in a crosswalk and was going against a red light when crossing X Street.
The car was described as a white two-door Honda or Acura. The motorist did not stop.

May 15, 2013
One person killed, two injured in collision near Marysville

A Yuba City woman died and two other people were injured this morning in a collision on Highway 20, northeast of Marysville.

Tania H. Fox, 47, was driving a 1997 Dodge Neon westbound on Highway 20, approaching Plantz Road about 7:50 a.m., when for some reason the vehicle left the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Fox apparently overcorrected, steering her vehicle into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it was struck broadside on the passenger side by a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria driving by Robert L. Lugo, 47, also of Yuba City.

Lugo applied his brakes, but was unable to avoid hitting the Neon, which continued to travel down an embankment on the south side of Highway 20, where it came to rest facing east, according to the CHP.

May 13, 2013
Driver killed, workers injured in high-speed chase over Sierra

A Reno man who led CHP officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 died this afternoon after crashing into a roadwork area and injuring two California Conservation Corps workers.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Pete Mann said the CHP was advised about 1:41 p.m. to be on the lookout for a reckless driver on eastbound I-80 in the Dutch Flat area. He said an officer from the CHP's Gold Run station spotted a speeding BMW in the Yuba Gap area and attempted to pull it over, but the driver failed to stop and a pursuit began.

The BMW, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, continued eastbound to the Truckee area and then into Truckee proper, where the driver exited at Donner Pass Road, continued across the overpass, then re-entered I-80, heading westbound.

May 13, 2013
Woodland teen sent to hospital after being knocked out by auto

A teenage pedestrian was knocked unconscious when struck by a car this morning in Woodland.

Woodland police officers responded to the East Gum Avenue and Kate Lane about 7:20 a.m. today where the 15 year old was down on the roadway. Near the boy was a four-door sedan that police said was involved in the traffic crash.

The teen was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center. The driver of the sedan did not suffer any injury, according to a police press release.

No further information was immediately available, police said. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the traffic division at (530) 661-7880.

May 9, 2013
Woman convicted in 2008 El Dorado Hills DUI crash back in jail

A woman convicted of of drunken driving in a collision that injured two bicyclists in El Dorado Hills in 2008 is back in jail after nearly two years as a fugitive.

Brandi Morgan Thomas, 24, was driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008 when she swerved into the bicycle lane and struck two female bicyclists, who suffered major injuries. In March 2009, Thomas was convicted and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Her sentence was suspended and she was granted five years formal probation, which included the requirement that she "obey all laws," according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release.

In August 2011, Thomas was arrested on suspicion of several felonies, including burglary, forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime. She then fled the county and had been a fugitive until she was located last month in Michigan.

May 7, 2013
Pedestrian struck on Arden Way, witnesses sought

Sacramento police would like to talk to anyone who witnessed a collision this afternoon in which a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

A woman was headed southbound across Arden Way at Oxford Street about 1:40 p.m. when she was hit by a vehicle. She suffered serious injuries and is being treated at an area hospital, according to a Police Department news release.

The driver of the vehicle, who remained at the scene, as well as witnesses reported that an uninvolved vehicle had to slow to avoid the pedestrian. The driver of that vehicle may or may not have known that a collision occurred. Police said the vehicle is believed to have been eastbound on Arden Way in the left lane. No description of the vehicle was available, but police would like to talk with the driver.

May 6, 2013
Motorcycle passenger killed in Antelope Road crash is identified

A name of a motorcycle passenger who was ejected from the vehicle during a lane-splitting stop has been released.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has identified her as Snezhana Pavlova, 20, of Sacramento.

The fatal incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Saturday on Antelope Road, west of Roseville Road, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report.

May 3, 2013
CHP releases more details in fiery fatal crash on Highway 50

A driver in a fiery crash off of Highway 50 at Bass Lake Road died at the scene this morning.

The California Highway Patrol reported that he motorist was traveling in a car about 2 a.m. this morning on eastbound Highway 50 approaching Bass Lake Road. The car veered off the roadway, traveling on the dirt between the highway lanes and the offramp pavement.

The car then continued down to Bass Lake Road where it crossed the street and crashed into a dirt embankment. The car caught fire and the driver died.

Neither the name nor the gender of the driver was immediately released.

May 2, 2013
Woman dies in head-on crash on Howe Avenue

A 71-year-old woman died in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Howe Avenue in the Arden Arcade area.

The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. as the woman was driving a white 2012 Nissan Versa southbound on Howe, approaching the intersection with Northrop Avenue, when her vehicle veered to the left and into the opposing lanes, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. As she entered the intersection, her vehicle struck the front of a gray 2006 Acura TSX that was traveling northbound on Howe Avenue.

Fire Department personnel found the woman unresponsive and she was transported to Sutter Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

May 1, 2013
UPDATE: Driver booked in fatal Roseville crash identified as attorney, CSUS professor

tonya peters jordan.JPGThe driver booked following a crash that claimed the life of a 69-year-old Roseville man Tuesday has been identified as an attorney and a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento.

A spokeswoman for CSUS confirmed that Jordan Tonya Louise Peters, 45, is an associate professor in the university's College of Business Administration. According the CSUS website, Peters is also a practicing attorney who represents employers in employment litigation matters.

Peters was arrested by Roseville police Tuesday and booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs after the vehicle she was driving allegedly triggered a chain-reaction collision in which one person was killed and three others were injured.

April 30, 2013
One person reported dead following Roseville collision

One person has died and another has been arrested following a crash this afternoon on Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.

At 3:41 p.m., officers responded to a collision on eastbound Pleasant Grove Boulevard between Pioneer Road and Roseville Parkway. Police said preliminary information from officers at the scene indicate that a vehicle had been seen being driven in an erratic manner on Pleasant Grove Boulevard from Washington Boulevard eastbound, until it struck another eastbound vehicle that was stopped for a red light at Roseville Parkway, setting off a chain-reaction collision involving five or six vehicles.

Four people were transported to the hospital, and one, a 69-year-old man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, has died, said Police Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. She said the man's wife was seriously injured. One other person also was seriously injured and another complained of pain. Gunther said the driver of the vehicle that started the chain reaction was not injured and has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

The eastbound lanes of Pleasant Grove Boulevard between Gold Coast-Hallissey Drive and East Roseville Parkway are expected to remain closed into the evening while police investigate the collision. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

April 30, 2013
W. Sacramento man run over after fall from overpass onto Interstate 80

The California Highway Patrol reported that is unknown if a man who fell from the Northgate Boulevard overcrossing on Saturday onto Interstate 80 died from the drop to the pavement or from being run over by vehicles.

The CHP said that the 66-year-old man from West Sacramento parked his vehicle on Northgate Boulevard overcrossing about 5:20 a.m. Saturday. A CHP press release said for unknown reasons the man fell from the overcrossing onto a lane of westbound I-80.

One vehicle hit the man and continued on its way. Several other vehicles then struck the man.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, died at the scene.

April 30, 2013
DUI, manslaughter charges for man in Northgate Boulevard crash

A Fairfield man has been arrested after a passenger in his car died from injuries suffered when the vehicle slammed into a tree along Northgate Boulevard.

Sir Von Church, 33, was booked on suspicion of manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

The California Highway Patrol said that Church was driving his Camaro on Northgate Boulevard, south of West Stadium Lane, at a high rate of speed about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the car drifted to the right. His car left the roadway, hit a tree and the impact split the car in half.

A passenger in the car, Christopher Lee Daniels, 29, of Sacramento, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the Camaro. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene.

Church suffered minor injuries. He was booked into jail after treatment.

April 30, 2013
Oak Park bicyclist ends up on street after words with motorist

A bicyclist told Sacramento police he was knocked to the street by a motorist in a sharing-the-road dispute.

The beef between the bicyclist and motorist occurred on a street in Oak Park about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The male bicyclist and the female driver were traveling in the same direction on 37th Street.

The bicyclist was trying to make his way around a parked car as he was being passed on the left by the motorist. The bicyclist believed that the driver was not sharing the roadway, passing very close.

Words were exchanged and the motorist eventually circled back around, again traveling alongside the bicyclist on Ninth Avenue. At that point, the bicyclist believes the motorist intentional struck him.

He was knocked to the pavement, suffering minor injuries. The description of the car was only given as a gray, four-door vehicle.

April 27, 2013
One dead, two injured in Highway 50 crash near Red Hawk Parkway

One man died and two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning on Highway 50 just east of Red Hawk Parkway in El Dorado County.

Officer Dan Stark of the California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred about 11:05 a.m. when a 1996 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 50 in the fast lane for unknown reasons drifted onto the center median. The vehicle over-corrected, hit a rock face on the right hand shoulder and overturned, according to police.

Vincent Rapolla, 19, riding in the back seat, was ejected through the rear window. Stark said the man was pronounced dead at the scene and had not been wearing a seat belt.

The driver, 25-year-old Laura Duggin, was transported by helicopter to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is in critical condition.

Family members told the CHP that Duggin was several weeks pregnant, Stark said.

Ashley Valdez, 18, who was riding in the front seat, was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries.

The three were residents of Diamond Springs. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident, but the cause is still under investigation, Stark said.

April 27, 2013
One dead, several injured in Rancho Cordova car crash

One person was killed and several were injured when multiple cars slammed together at the intersection of Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards in Rancho Cordova just before 11:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

Authorities said the accident was triggered when a Volvo sedan traveling westbound on Folsom Boulevard at "an extremely high rate of speed," collided with a Range Rover SUV traveling southbound through the intersection.

The collision then initiated a chain reaction, causing three other cars to be struck, according to reports.

April 26, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What happened to driver in collision that killed Bishop Gallegos?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Can you shed some light on the investigation of the death of Auxiliary Bishop Gallegos on Highway 99?
Submitted by: Gabriele, Carmichael

ANSWER: Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos died the night of Oct. 6, 1991, in a traffic collision on a dark stretch of Highway 99 north of Yuba City.

April 25, 2013
Coyote in the road causes driver to swerve, break power pole near Yuba City

A country road south of Marysville will be closed the rest of the day after a motorist swerved to avoid a coyote, only to break off a power pole.

The California Highway Patrol said that Pardeep Bal and his three passengers were traveling northbound at 60 mph on George Washington Boulevard south of Best Road when a coyote crossed the road in front of him.

Bal's evasive maneuver caused him to lose control of his car and strike a power pole guy wire, a cable used to brace the pole. The top of the pole sheared clear of the bottom and remained suspended in the air by live electrical lines.

April 23, 2013
3 injured when SUV plows into Auburn restaurant, pinning a man

Authorities say three people were injured, two seriously, when an SUV driven by a woman in her 70s plowed into a restaurant's outdoor seating area in Auburn, according to an Associated Press report.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Monday at Tio Pepe in the Placer County city.

Police told local TV stations in Sacramento one man who was eating on the patio of the Mexican restaurant became pinned under the SUV. Two other people were also injured and taken to hospitals.

Police are investigating what caused the crash.

April 22, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to teen drivers in Folsom crash that killed teacher?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What ever happened in the case of the two teens that were racing on Iron Point Road in Folsom one morning many years ago when they crashed into a woman pulling out of the Factory Outlets, killing her? I do remember that one teen was driving a brand-new sporty car his parents bought for him, and when police arrived the boys were trying to remove an expensive radio from his crashed car, rather than trying to help the injured woman.
Submitted by: Steve, Folsom

ANSWER: Two teenage drivers were ordered to spend six months in juvenile hall for gross vehicular manslaughter in the January 2007 death of 53-year-old Susan McNew of Shingle Springs.

April 21, 2013
Suspected DUI motorist in crash flees with light pole on roof, cops say

Christopher Glover.jpgAn early morning car crash in Greenhaven took a wild turn when the driver reportedly nearly missed striking a police officer, and then led officers on a brief chase with the pole and a street sign still perched on the top of the car, Sacramento police said.

Officers responded to a call about a vehicle colliding with a city light pole in the 6700 block of Greenhaven Drive about 1 a.m. They found the car with the driver still seated inside and the pole lying across the top of the vehicle, police said.

The driver first attempted to get out of the passenger door, then got back into the driver's seat and tried to drive away, officer said. The car backed into the parked patrol car, and an officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, police reports said.

April 19, 2013
UPDATE: Good Samaritan in I-80 crash described as family man, skilled artisan

A good Samaritan who lost his life as he tried to aid a crash victim on Interstate 80 was described by his boss as a "good family guy" and a man with a great spirit.

Jeff Hohle, owner of Castlewood Cabinets in Dixon, said Spencer West Myers, 36, of Vacaville was on his way to work Thursday morning when he stopped to aid a motorist whose car had overturned on eastbound I-80. Hohle said such actions were typical of Myers.

"He was an all-round good guy," Hohle said. "He was just that one notch above."

April 18, 2013
Pedestrian in fatal Fair Oaks Boulevard collison identified

A man who died Tuesday night as he walked across Fair Oaks Boulevard has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as Veniamin Pekun, 39, of Carmichael.

A 54-year-old Carmichael woman was driving a 2001 red Ford Mustang westbound on Fair Oaks Boulevard east of Marshall Avenue about 9:15 p.m. She was traveling about 40 mph when Veniamin began to walk across the roadway directly in front of the Ford, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The Ford struck Pekun, causing him to be thrown into the left lane of eastbound Fair Oaks Boulevard. A second car, driven by a 56-year-old man from Fair Oaks, was unable to avoid hitting him.

CHP officials said Pekun was not crossing in a crosswalk. They said it is not known whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the incident pending a toxicology report. The collision is still under investigation.

April 18, 2013
Update: Good Samaritan dies helping woman on I-80

A man who tried to render aid to a woman upside down in her car on Interstate 80 near Dixon this morning has died.

The crash occurred about 5 a.m. on eastbound I-80 just west of Dixon Avenue when a Fairfield woman lost control of her car. The Toyota Camry flipped and the woman was held upside down by the car's seatbelt in the driver's seat on the darkened freeway.

A Vacaville man, seeking to help the woman, pulled his car to the center divider just past the flipped car. When he went to the overturned car to get the woman out, another car came along and struck the flipped Camry, killing the good Samaritan.

The eastbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for a time for a helicopter ambulance to take the injured man to UC Davis Medical Center. A CHP officer said the man died from his injuries.

The driver in the overturned Camry suffered serious injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating exactly why she lost control of her car.

April 16, 2013
Coroner's office identifies woman struck by freight train

A woman who died Friday afternoon when she was struck by a Union Pacific train has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 23-year-old Jennifer Oakes.

Oakes' community of residence was not listed on the coroner's website.

According to Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt, the accident occurred about 3 p.m. Friday south of Highway 50 near the Folsom Boulevard crossing, near California State University, Sacramento. The freight train was southbound when the woman was spotted standing on the tracks.

April 16, 2013
Motorcyclist killed in collision with school bus identified

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified a motorcyclist who died Monday morning in a collision with a school bus as Travis Brian Percival, 33, of Sacramento.

According to the California Highway Patrol, which investigates incidents involving school buses, Percival was riding a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on San Juan Road, east of Tumbleweed Way in South Natomas about 6:45 a.m. A school bus belonging to the Twin Rivers Unified School District was stopped on southbound Tumbleweed Way at San Juan Road.

As the bus driver began to make a left turn onto eastbound San Juan, Percival changed lanes, moving from the right lane to the left lane, and collided with the right side of the bus, according to a CHP news release.

April 16, 2013
Garden Valley woman dies in head-on collision near Coloma

A 19-year-old Garden Valley woman died this morning in a head-on collision on Lotus Road in rural El Dorado County.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said the woman was driving a silver Ford Focus southbound on Lotus Road south of Highway 49 near Coloma about 8:30 a.m. when for an unknown reason she crossed into the northbound lane, into the path of a white Ford Explorer.

Cuthbertson said the driver of the Focus did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

April 16, 2013
Two killed in Fair Oaks motorcycle collision are identified

The California Highway Patrol has released details in the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger that occurred in a collision with a car Saturday night in Fair Oaks.

The CHP said that Christopher J. Bartish, 34, of Citrus Heights was riding a motorcycle southbound on San Juan Avenue north of Palm Avenue abut 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Riding on the back of the motorcycle was Brandi Anzaldua, 34, of Citrus Heights.

A motorist in a Toyota Corolla was headed northbound on San Juan Avenue in the two-way left turn lane. As Toyota driver almost completed her turn onto Palm Avenue, the motorcycle struck the right front of the car, according a CHP press release.

Both helmeted riders on the motorcycle were thrown from their vehicle. Bartish was pronounced dead at the scene. Anzaldua was transported to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Toyota driver and her passenger suffered minor-to-moderate injuries. The collision is under investigation.

April 16, 2013
'Move Over' signs going in at Elkhorn, Gold Run, Pollock Pines

Caltrans workers are installing "Move Over" signs statewide today in an effort to protect highway workers and California Highway Patrol officers.

The new signs will display the messages "Move Over or Slow for Stopped Emergency and Maintenance Vehicles" and "Move Over or Slow When Amber Lights Flashing." Signs will be at the Elkhorn on-ramp on southbound Interstate 5, at Gold Run on Interstate 80 and Pollock Pines on Highway 50.

"Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

April 15, 2013
Motorcyclist dies in Natomas crash with school bus

A motorcyclist died when his vehicle crashed into a school bus this morning in the Natomas area.

Few details are available yet on how the crash occurred. The California Highway Patrol, which handles school bus accidents, reported that at about 7 a.m. the school bus with students aboard collided with the motorcycle on San Juan near Tumbleweed Way.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. Neither the students nor the bus driver were injured.