One person was killed and two others injured Monday afternoon when two motorcycles collided with a car in Carmichael.
One of the motorcylists was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released Monday.
The female driver of the car suffered major injuries, and the second motorcycle rider, also a man, had moderate to major injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. The two were transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital.
The accident occurred around 3:11 p.m., when two motorcycles – a Triumph and Yamaha – were traveling east on Fair Oaks Boulevard, just east of Miles Lane.
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“They were in the right lane and traveling at a high rate of speed,” said CHP Officer Chad Hertzell.
At the time, the woman was backing out of her driveway in a white Ford Taurus on the south side of Fair Oaks Boulevard.
“She pulled out, and both motorcycles saw her and applied the brakes hard,” said Hertzell.
One motorcyclist ran into the driver’s side door and was killed on impact.
The other motorcycle rider ejected himself to avoid colliding with the car. “He skidded, and was injured from the skid,” said Hertzell.
It was not known how fast the two motorcycles were going at the time, but speed may be a factor. The speed limit in the area is 40 mph.
“They may have been racing, but we haven’t talked to the (surviving) motorcyclist,” said Herzell. “Witnesses report they were going at a high rate of speed.”
It was unknown Monday whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
The eastbound lanes of Fair Oaks Boulevard were closed after the accident, but were reopened before 6 p.m.