North Highlands resident Craig Urias was the motorist killed Sunday night when he was hit by another driver fleeing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, according to the Sacramento Coroner’s Office.
A patrol deputy was traveling north on Watt Avenue near Don Julio Drive in North Highlands about 10 p.m. when a vehicle sped past on the sidewalk, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The deputy caught up with the reckless driver and tried to pull him over.
Instead of stopping, the driver went through a red light at the intersection of Elkhorn Boulevard and Larchmont Drive, which is about 1 1/2 miles from the spot where he was originally seen driving on the sidewalk.
The driver, a still-unidentified 19-year-old, hit Urias’ vehicle at the intersection, the Sheriff’s Department said. The 58-year-old was killed and his female passenger was taken to the hospital with pain.
The 19-year-old who fled the deputy was taken into custody, the department said. He also was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The California Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team will conduct the collision investigation.