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Three dead in separate vehicle crashes in northern Sacramento County

Three people died Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning in vehicle crashes in Sacramento County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two of the vehicle crashes, one involving a motorcycle, occurred in Rio Linda. A 49-year-old man died at about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 7300 block of West Sixth Street when his vehicle hit a tree and went through a wire fence into a backyard.

The driver, the only person in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. He has not been identified.

The other fatal crash in Rio Linda involved a motorcyclist who early Wednesday was traveling southbound on 24th Street north of Q Street at a high rate of speed. As he approached a closure gate, he apparently attempted to navigate through an opening for pedestrians on the west road edge, hitting the gate post and the gate, according to the CHP.

He was ejected from his motorcycle and died at the scene. He was identified as Dana Ruben Franklin, 37, of Somerset.

The CHP said a third person died when a car in which she was riding left the roadway along Madison Avenue and hit a utility pole. The Dodge Challenger was eastbound early Wednesday east of College Oak Drive when another vehicle traveling in the same direction swerved.

That caused the Dodge Challenger driver to swerve right. The Challenger left the roadway and hit the utility pole.

A passenger in the front seat was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. The passenger, identified as Sinda K. Dumas, 28, of Marysville, died from her injuries.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews