DUI driver arrested in Loomis fatality crash

Carmichael man dies in Auburn Folsom Road crash
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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An early morning solo car crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old Carmichael man and injured two others near Auburn Folsom and Dick Cook Roads in Loomis, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The report indicates the driver was arrested for “felony driving under the influence.” The driver, a 23-year-old male from Colusa, suffered major injuries and the rear passenger, a 29-year-old male, from Mather, suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. According to Lawrence Bettencourt, Deputy Chief with South Placer Fire District, they received the call at 1:40 a.m. Friday morning, May 22, and were on the scene at 1:45 a.m. He said the accident occurred on Auburn Folsom between Dick Cook Road and Placer Canyon Parkway. Two South Placer engines and three ambulances responded, along with CHP and Placer County Sheriffs. He said the vehicle, a BMW 5-series, had left the road, hit a fire hydrant and ended up “quite a ways off the road.” The CHP report stated the right, front passenger was dead at the scene and two others injured. The report also stated the vehicle was traveling northbound on Auburn Folsom road when it “left the road for unknown reasons,” struck and sheared the fire hydrant, continued on the shoulder, struck a tree, and continued an additional 250 feet before striking a fence and coming to a rest. Bettencourt said the severed hydrant sent a 40-foot geyser of water into the air and hampered rescue efforts. He said it also caused the closure of Auburn Folsom Road. Bettencourt said the Jaws of Life was used to extricate the victims from the car. The first victim was extricated at 2:14 a.m. and the second at 2:38 a.m. He said Placer County Water Agency arrived to shut off the water at 3:18 a.m. The names of the victims have not yet been released.