Many videos published at sacbee.com in 2015 resonated with viewers. The following are the top 10 most-viewed videos produced and/or published by the Sacramento Bee through the year.
1. Sacramento native and French train hero Spencer Stone was stabbed in midtown Sacramento in October. Surveillance video caught the attack on camera. A suspect was later arrested and Stone has made a full recovery.
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2. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other QBs were taped by The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows during passing workouts at OTA sessions in Santa Clara over the summer. Kaepernick wouldn’t finish the year as the team’s starting quarterback.
3. In December, a Fed-Ex truck hit a center retaining wall on Interstate 5, snarling traffic for several hours and killing a 45-year-old Elk Grove man in the crash.
4. A driver on Interstate 80 near Madison Avenue in Sacramento on a May morning took a video with a Go-Pro camera of a wrong-way driver in the fast lane seconds before he hit another car head-on, killing himself and two occupants of the other car. Caltrans would later announce safety tests to combat wrong-way freeway driving in Sacramento.
5. A deputy is accused of beating a Carmichael man with a flashlight. Two other citizens say the same deputy beat them with a flashlight in separate incidents. Video of one of those incidents began circulating in December. The Sacramento Bee this month obtained exclusive video of one incident shot from the dashboard cameras of two patrol cars.
6. The 49ers in April unveiled the first “alternate” uniform in franchise history - all-black threads with red numerals.
7. Drowning was a sad theme surrounding Sacramento waterways this summer, with several drownings recorded. In response, The Bee’s Sharon Okada and Sam Stanton produced a video on tips to save yourself from drowning.
8. State biologists confirmed on Aug. 20 that a family of seven wolves had claimed Northern California as their home.
9. In September, a shooting during a fight at Sacramento City College killed one and injured two people.
10. Also in September, the Butte and Valley fires became the most destructive in state history. A video captured some of the devastation.