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Sacramento man, 22, killed by suspected drunken driver is identified

A Sacramento man died Sunday when the disabled car he was riding in was rear-ended by a suspected drunken driver on Highway 50 in Sacramento.

Damon A. Banks, 22, was pronounced dead at the hospital after suffering major injuries in the crash that occurred at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Banks was a passenger in a car that was traveling westbound on Highway 50 just east of 16th Street when the automobile stalled. A pickup going in the same direction failed to stop, slamming into the back of the car with Banks in the back seat.

Sacramento firefighters extricated Banks from the crushed car, and he was taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m. Sunday.

Two other people in the car suffered major injuries.

The driver of the pickup, Darrin G. Wright, 48, of Sacramento, fled the scene on foot, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. Two CHP officers eventually found Wright at a downtown hotel.

Wright, who had abrasions to his neck, collarbone, waist and knees, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews