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Driver, 22, in fatal Highway 50 crash arrested on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated

The scene of a crash between a car and a big rig early Thursday morning on Higway 50 at Howe Avenue.
The scene of a crash between a car and a big rig early Thursday morning on Higway 50 at Howe Avenue. video image

A collision early Thursday morning on a Highway 50 onramp resulted in the arrest of a driver on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of her passenger.

The California Highway Patrol said Alexandra Jimenez, 22, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the crash that occurred around 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

A CHP news release said that a big rig was in the onramp lane from Howe Avenue northbound to westbound Highway 50, accelerating at about 25 mph. A Toyota Scion driven by Jimenez was traveling westbound on Highway 50 at a speed that has not yet been determined by the CHP.

Also still under investigation is why Jimenez traveled into the onramp lane where her car collided into the rear of the big-rig trailer, according to the CHP. The crash caused major damage to the car, including intrusion into the driver and front passenger area, where a 25-year-old Sacramento man was seated.

The man, who was not wearing his seat belt, suffered fatal injuries. Jimenez suffered minor injuries.

After the initial collision, the Scion ended up on the highway, where it was hit from behind by a Toyota Corolla traveling at about 65 mph. The Corolla driver and the big-rig driver were not injured.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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