A 47-year-old Sacramento man was arrested Saturday night by the California Highway Patrol following a hit-and-run that killed four people on Interstate 80 in the Bay Area.
Fred Lowe was driving a 1996 Mercedes E-Class when he collided with a white Nissan sedan around 8:10 p.m. at San Pablo Dam Road on I-80, said CHP spokesman Matt Hamer of the Oakland division.
The collision forced the Nissan to lose control, go over the center median into the westbound lanes and hit three other vehicles.
“Four people were pronounced dead on the scene, six others (were) injured,” Hamer said. “We got a description of the suspect vehicle from witnesses statements and physical evidence, and about an hour later, the suspect vehicle was involved in another hit-and-run that the Contra Costa County sheriff responded to.
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“They contacted us and we determined their driver and vehicle were the same ones involved in the fatal hit-and-run.”
Lowe was booked in the Martinez Detention Facility on five charges: vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated; driving under the influence resulting in bodily injury; driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level over 0.08 percent; felony hit and run resulting in death or injury; and driving on a suspended license.
Bail was set at $1,150,000, jail officials said.