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Young Carmichael man dies from crash injuries

A driver whose vehicle went out of control and struck several poles and a brick wall last week in Carmichael has died.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office reported that Robert Briggs, 21, of Carmichael was pronounced dead at 2:09 a.m. Friday.

On Thursday, at about 7:30 a.m., Briggs was driving eastbound on El Camino Avenue, just west of Fair Oaks Boulevard, when his sport utility vehicle went out of control. Also in the SUV were a 7-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy.

Witnesses said Briggs was traveling at high rate of speed and driving erratically, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The SUV first hit a power pole then continued into another power pole, which was severed. The vehicle then hit a tree and then a brick wall that was pushed into a house by the force of the crashing SUV.

The SUV then continued on to hit a light pole before the SUV tipped onto its side.

The CHP said that all three people in the SUV were removed from the SUV after the vehicle was pried open with a hydraulic rescue tool.

After the crash, the CHP said that Briggs suffered broken ribs and possible a punctured lung. The girl suffered lacerations on her head. The boy was not injured.

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