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Victim and DUI suspect identified in fatal Folsom crash on East Bidwell Street

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The driver arrested on suspicion of DUI and the front passenger killed in a solo-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning in Folsom have been identified by authorities.

The Folsom Police Department identified the driver as 21-year-old Alexis Little of Citrus Heights. She was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the passenger who died as 28-year-old Joshua Lowery of Cameron Park.

The crash occurred just after 2 a.m. Tuesday when a Subaru Forester driven by Little hit a light pole and overturned on southbound East Bidwell Street in front of Folsom Lake College, Folsom police said.

The Subaru had five occupants. One of the passengers in the back seat called 911 and reported that they believed one of the other passengers was dead, police said.

Lowery, the front passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene by Folsom Fire Department officials.

Folsom police said in Tuesday afternoon’s news release that the four remaining occupants were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, but all are expected to survive.

According to witness reports, the Subaru was exceeding the speed limit at the time of the crash, police said.

Lanes of southbound East Bidwell Street were closed for several hours following the collision.

Little is being held in Sacramento County jail, facing charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Her bail is set at $300,000.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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