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Driver, 19, could be charged in fatal south Sacramento crash, CHP says

A 19-year-old man might face charges after he swerved into oncoming traffic Friday, causing a crash that killed a 23-year-old Sacramento man, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Neither man has been identified.

Just before midnight Friday, the 19-year-old was driving a 1998 Mitsubishi north on Watt Avenue, just south of Osage Avenue in south Sacramento, when he saw what he thought was an animal run into the street, CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley said. He swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with a 2009 Mercury sedan.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercury, which was headed south on Watt Avenue, died at the scene.

The 19-year-old suffered minor injuries to his hip and one of his ankles, Bradley said.

Initial investigations found that alcohol and drugs probably were not involved, Bradley said.

If charges were filed in this case, Bradley said, the 19-year-old likely would be accused of vehicular manslaughter.

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