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Coroner identifies Elk Grove residents who died in Friday night crash near Courtland

Two people who died late Friday night in a single-vehicle crash near Courtland have been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Francisco Lozano Rodriguez and Lillian Zhang, both 23 and Elk Grove residents.

A third person in the vehicle, a 24-year-old man also from Elk Grove, was injured in the crash. His name has not been released.

Lozano Rodriguez, the driver, was speeding in a 2003 Toyota southbound on Highway 160 south of Wilson Road at about 11:25 p.m. when he made an unsafe turn and the vehicle left the roadway, a California Highway Patrol news release states.

Authorities said the Toyota went off the road and rotated clockwise. The left side of the vehicle struck a large tree along the west side of the roadway and it came to rest on its side, officials said.

Lozano Rodriguez and Zhang, who was riding in the front seat, died at the scene. The man in the back seat suffered major injuries and was taken to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, the CHP reported.

The crash is under investigation.

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