A preliminary investigaton indicates that too much speed may have contributed to a fatal crash Tuesday morning in Fair Oaks.
The driver of a pickup truck died when the vehicle went off the road and down an embankment in a wooded area off Sunset Avenue east of Sunset Place Lane.
A citizen reported the crash at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The driver entered a left curve on eastbound Sunset Avenue and allowed his pickup to leave the south roadway edge, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The pickup hit a tree and caught fire, becoming engulfed in flames. The driver, who remained in the vehicle, died at the scene.
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The driver is not yet identifiable, according to the CHP. Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to a CHP press release.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.