Crime - Sacto 911

Russian man identified as crash victim near Roseville Road

Veniamin Palnikov.
Veniamin Palnikov.

A Russian man died last week when his vehicle went off the road, hit a pole and overturned.

Veniamin Palnikov, 29, was westbound on Orange Grove Avenue approaching Roseville Road about 10:30 p.m. Friday when for unknown reasons he turned the vehicle in an unsafe way, which caused it to leave the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle hit a utility pole and overturned, the CHP reported.

Palnikov, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle, a CHP officer said. He died at the scene.

A passenger in the car was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released, according to the CHP.

A gofundme page has been set up for Palnikov. A relative notes that he is a Russian citizen and has been in Sacramento to visit a sick grandfather.

Palnikov leaves behind his parents, two sisters and a brother who all reside in Russia, according to the gofundme page. Any money donated to the fund would be used to transport his body to his loved ones in Russia.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews