Lyft driver involved in multi-car crash that kills one near Roseville; victim identified

A car from rideshare service Lyft was one of the vehicles involved in the multi-car crash on a rain-soaked Interstate 80 near Roseville early Saturday that left a West Sacramento man dead and injured two others, a Lyft spokeswoman said Sunday.

Shane Holland, 24, of West Sacramento, died in the early morning incident, CHP officials reported Sunday. Holland was one of two passengers in the Lyft car, a Toyota Camry. In a previous report on Saturday, a CHP spokesman said the deceased was a child.

Lyft driver Shanti Adhikari, 31, of Sacramento, was carrying Holland and another passenger, Brady Lawrence, 27, and heading west on Interstate 80 west of the Riverside Avenue exit about 1:25 a.m. Saturday, said California Highway Patrol officials.

Adhikari swerved in heavy rain to avoid a stalled Kia hatchback that had been struck by another car minutes earlier, but the Lyft driver lost control of the vehicle. The car veered onto the right shoulder, struck a tree, spun clockwise, then struck another tree. Holland died on impact, said CHP officials. Both Holland and Lawrence, who were passengers in the Toyota’s back seat, appeared to be wearing seat belts, the CHP reported.

CHP officials say the Kia’s driver, Dominic Stephen, 59, of Sacramento, was driving on westbound I-80 in the minutes before the fatal incident when he was rear-ended by an unknown white-colored vehicle. The collision caused the Kia to spin out, then stall in the middle lanes of the westbound interstate. Authorities have not located the driver of the white-colored car.

Lyft spokeswoman Erin Simpson on Sunday offered condolences to family and loved ones and said the rideshare service is continuing to work with authorities.

“We are deeply saddened to hear this news and will continue to support those involved as well as authorities in the ongoing investigation,” Simpson said.

Adhikari sustained moderate injuries, according to the CHP, and was resting at home, Simpson said. Lawrence also sustained moderate injuries, the CHP reported, but his condition was otherwise unknown.

San Francisco-based Lyft has a $1 million liability policy designed to provide coverage for Lyft drivers to protect passengers and third parties, Simpson said. Drivers also undergo driving and background checks and must have clean driving records.

Minutes after the Lyft car crashed, the driver of the Kia tried to push his stalled car off the road, but it was struck again by a Dodge pickup, knocking the driver to the ground. A driver of a passing tractor-trailer reportedly helped the drivers of the Dodge and Kia to the roadside.

The Kia’s driver drove himself to a nearby hospital and was treated for head injuries. The truck’s driver and passenger were not hurt, CHP officials said.

The CHP said it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

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