A Loomis man driving a noncommercial limousine without passengers lost control of the vehicle Saturday morning, hitting a pedestrian, striking a van, then crashing the limo. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, said Dena Erwin, Placer County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
Erwin provided these details:
Witnesses told police that at 9:22 a.m. the driver was weaving the limo across lanes on Taylor Road near Sierra College Boulevard in Loomis.
Suddenly the limo swerved to the right and struck one of two females walking on the side of the road. She was rushed to a hospital emergency room and into surgery. It is not known if the victim was an adult or a minor, or the nature of her condition.
The limo driver drove another 2,500 feet and collided with an oncoming blue minivan, spinning it around 180 degrees and destroying the driver's side of the vehicle. That driver was not seriously injured and walked away from the accident.
After hitting the van, the limo then ran off the road, caromed off a ditch and ended up with its front end on an embankment.
"Our deputies got there first, but couldn't get the car door open because of the damage," Erwin said. "They broke the passenger window to get to the driver. He was barely alive at that point."
Firefighters arrived at the scene and started CPR, but the 61-year-old man was pronounced dead a short time later. The man's identity will not be released until his next of kin have been notified.
Police speculate that he could have had a medical condition that may have contributed to the accident.
"That's a guess at this point," Erwin said. "There were no signs of alcohol (or drugs) in the vehicle."