A teen driver caused a fatal head-on crash when his vehicle went out of control at 100 mph Sunday afternoon near Elverta, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on East Levee Road, south of West Elverta Road, when a car driven by Sergiy Stepanova, 17, of Sacramento, struck another vehicle on a curve.
Stepanova, driving with four passengers, was headed southbound on East Levee Road faster than 100 mph, according to the CHP. When he approached a right curve in the roadway, the high speed caused his vehicle to enter a northbound lane.
There, his vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by a Gary E. Lappin, 61, of Sacramento, traveling northbound at 45 mph. Lappin died at the scene.
Stepanova and his passengers suffered injuries described as moderate to severe. Stepanova had major injuries. Others in the car, ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old, had broken bones, lacerations, brain injury and facial broken facial bones.
Three of the five people in Stepanova’s vehicle were not wearing seatbelts. Lappin had his seat belt on.
“It does appear criminal prosecution will be sought,” against Stepanova, according to a CHP press release.