A head-on collision caused by a wrong-way speeding driver resulted in the deaths of two people Monday on White Rock Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash involving three vehicles occurred about 8:20 a.m. on White Rock Road near Prairie City Road south of Highway 50.
Officer Tommy Riggin, California Highway Patrol spokesman, said a vehicle driven by a 41-year-old El Dorado Hills man was speeding west on eastbound White Rock Road. Just west of Prairie City Road, it collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by a 21-year-old woman.
An eastbound vehicle behind the woman drove into the collision and that vehicle spun out of control. Riggin said the wrong-way driver and the 21-year-old woman were killed.
The wrong-way driver was identified on the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office website as Christopher Haynes. The woman’s name has not been released pending notification of family.
The third driver suffered minor to moderate injuries, Riggin said. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
CHP Lt. Brandon Straw said that dispatchers were told by witnesses that the wrong-way vehicle was traveling at 80 to 100 mph. A minute later a report was received of the collision.
It is unclear why the motorist was driving so recklessly on a road with blind curves.
“We will have to do interviews with people who were close to him, friends and family,” said Straw. “We will want to see what his mind-set was. Driving on the wrong side of the road at the speeds he was going was a tragedy waiting to happen. And it did happen. An innocent person lost her life this morning.”
The road was closed for about four hours before re-opening at 12:27 p.m. Monday.