1 killed, 2 hurt in pair of possible DUI crashes on Capital City Freeway, CHP says

One person was killed and two were injured in a pair of possible DUI collisions on the Capital City Freeway early Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first crash happened just before 2 a.m. on the northbound side near E Street, when a 2003 Honda Accord hit the center median and rolled over once before landing back on its wheels, according to a news release and accident report by CHP South Sacramento.

The victim in that initial crash, identified as a 40-year-old Sacramento man, then got out of his vehicle and walked to the shoulder.

At that time, a second man who reportedly recognized the victim as one of his friends stopped on the shoulder to help, according to CHP’s news release. That person was identified as a 25-year-old Sacramento man.

About two minutes after the first collision, a third vehicle — a 2006 Honda Accord — struck both individuals who were standing on the roadway. The 2006 Honda, driven by a 39-year-old man, was traveling about 70 mph when it struck the two men, as well as the other Honda, CHP said.

Both pedestrians were “propelled into the center median,” according to the news release. The driver of the 2003 Honda was pronounced dead at the scene, while the assisting pedestrian and the driver of the 2006 Honda were both taken to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries, CHP said.

CHP says the incident is being investigated as two separate collisions, both under investigation as being alcohol- or drug-related. However, no arrests had been made as of 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to CHP South Sacramento.

The dead man will be identified by the coroner’s office pending notification of family.

A third collision, involving a U.S. Postal Service semitruck and a Toyota Highlander, occurred due to the backed up traffic caused by the earlier series of events, according to CHP. There were no injuries reported in this collision.

All lanes were reopened just before 5 a.m.

This story was updated with additional details.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.