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Coroner identifies woman fatally struck on I-5 near airport

A person getting out of a car involved in a collision Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Highway 99 was hit and killed by a passing vehicle, according to Chad Hertzell, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
A person getting out of a car involved in a collision Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Highway 99 was hit and killed by a passing vehicle, according to Chad Hertzell, a California Highway Patrol spokesman. Sacramento Fire Department

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the driver who was fatally struck Wednesday morning after a collision on Interstate 5 near Highway 99 as 22-year-old Telia Roberts.

Chad Hertzell, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said she was driving a Ford Escape when she was in a crash involving two other vehicles, a Ford Mustang and a Honda Odyssey, at 6:21 a.m. near the Sacramento International Airport. The accident happened near the left southbound lane on Interstate 5.

Hertzell provided these details: The driver of the Mustang allowed her vehicle to be driven off the roadway to the right, where it drove over the dirt shoulder. The driver of the Mustang lost control of the vehicle and veered to the left. The Mustang struck the Odyssey and spun around, hitting the Escape. The Mustang continued veering left until it hit the center guard rail. The Honda veered out of control to the right, where it stalled in an area between Interstate 5 and Highway 99. The Escape stalled in the far left lane.

After the initial collision, an orange Volvo was traveling southbound on I-5 just north of the collision. Traffic ahead of the Volvo swerved to the right, trying to avoid the Escape. The driver of the Volvo swerved to the left while Roberts attempted to run from her car to the center divider. The Volvo struck Roberts, causing fatal injuries.

The driver of the Mustang was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center with minor injuries. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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