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Man killed, driver arrested on suspicion of DUI in Folsom crash, police say

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One passenger died and the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI after their vehicle, carrying five people, crashed Tuesday morning in Folsom, police said.

The crash occurred on southbound East Bidwell Street near Folsom Lake College just after 2 a.m., when a silver Subaru Forester driven by a 21-year-old Citrus Heights woman hit a light pole and flipped over, Folsom police Detective Melanie Catanio said.

Catanio said dispatch received a 911 call from one of the vehicle’s occupants, who said he believed one of the other occupants had died.

Folsom fire personnel arrived and pronounced the front passenger dead at the scene. The victim was a 28-year-old Folsom man, Catanio said.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Catanio said. Her identity has not been released. Catanio said it was likely the driver was exceeding the speed limit.

The driver and three additional passengers from the backseat of the SUV were transported to the hospital with “minor to moderate” injuries, Catanio said, but all are expected to survive.

All southbound lanes of East Bidwell traffic remained closed at College Parkway, the entrance to Folsom Lake College, as investigators remained at the scene as of 7:30 a.m. Catanio estimated that traffic could reopen by 8 a.m.

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