Crime - Sacto 911

Two dead in crash CHP says was caused by DUI driver on Madison Avenue

Brandon Ray Fernandez
Brandon Ray Fernandez Sacramento Sheriff’s Department

Two people on a motorcycle were killed early Monday by a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong direction on Madison Avenue.

Brandon Ray Fernandez was driving east in a westbound lane of Madison Avenue about 3 a.m. Monday near Lincoln Oaks Drive when he hit the westbound motorcycle, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell.

The crash threw the passenger and driver from the motorcycle, and both vehicles burst into flames, Hertzell said.

Both people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets, but both died at the scene.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials on Monday afternoon identified the passenger as 25-year-old Marguerite Stahl of Sacramento. The male driver’s name had not been released because his family had not yet been notified.

Officers suspect that Fernandez, 28, of Orangevale, was under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

Related stories from Sacramento Bee