Twins Robert and Michael Anderson of Elk Grove
SACRAMENTO - A crash in south Sacramento Saturday morning claimed the lives of twin brothers who both served their country.
The California Highway Patrol says the twins, Robert and Michael Anderson of Elk Grove, were riding with 24-year-old Sean Leonguerrero of Merced who was speeding while driving drunk.
Investigators say Leonguerrero was driving at speeds up to 100 miles per hour on Highway 99 south of Calvine Road when he lost control and crashed into a pole just before 2:30 a.m.
The impact was so severe, it sheared the sedan in half, killing everyone inside.
"They were both very special in their own ways," said Lorraine Anderson, the twins' mother.
Robert Anderson served two tours in Afghanistan in the marines. He had started a new job as a recruiter at this office in south Sacramento. On Sunday night, his colleagues called him "an outstanding marine."
His brother Michael was a specialist in the National Guard. He just returned from a tour in Afghanistan and was living in Atwater. He was set to leave for training in Virginia in January, according to his mother.
She said Michael was visiting his brother Robert in Sacramento when the crash happened. The twins were set to celebrate their 24th birthday this Tuesday.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org