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Coroner identifies SUV driver in collision that killed three on Howe Avenue

The driver of sport-utility vehicle involved in a fatal collision with a bicycle on Howe Avenue last week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Iakopo Afoa, 22, a Sacramento-area resident.

In addition to Afoa, the bicyclist, 53-year-old Elizabeth Cavazos of Woodland, and a passenger in the SUV, Renee Pojol, 24, of Sacramento, died in the crash, which occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Howe Avenue, north of Burney Way, in the Arden Arcade area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Cavazos was southbound on Howe Avenue, riding a bicycle in the wrong direction in the northbound bicycle lane, when a 2008 Chevy Tahoe driven by Afoa drifted to the left across traffic lanes and struck the bicycle.

Cavazos, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked off the bicycle and thrown more than 100 feet, according to the CHP. The SUV continued to the left, hitting a tree in Bellview Park.

Cavazos and Pojol were pronounced dead at the scene. Afoa was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.