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Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run collision in Carmichael

The California Highway Patrol seeks to find the driver of a minivan involved in a collision that killed a Sacramento woman and injured three other people early Monday in Carmichael.

The crash occurred shortly before 1 a.m. at Walnut and El Camino avenues. According the CHP, a maroon Volvo station wagon was southbound on Walnut Avenue, traveling 40 to 45 mph, and had entered the intersection at El Camino Avenue on a green light. When the Volvo was about halfway through the intersection, a brown Toyota minivan eastbound on El Camino Avenue and traveling about 70 mph failed to stop for the red light and broadsided the Volvo, striking the passenger side.

The driver and three passengers in the Volvo were transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where Deadra Griffin, 60, the passenger in the front seat, died of her injuries. The driver suffered a fractured hip, while one passenger in the back seat suffered a fractured vertebrae and the other passenger complained of pain to his entire body, according to the CHP.

After the collision, the driver of the minivan got out of his vehicle and was contacted by three witnesses. The witnesses later lost track of him, CHP officials said, and he left the scene on foot. He was described as white and about 25 years old. CHP officials said the witnesses identified the driver from a photo line-up.