FOLSOM, CA - Speed, alcohol, and improper use of a seat belt all played a part in a fatal Folsom Boulevard accident last night, according to Folsom police.
Officers responding to the single car crash found James Bekwith, 52, sitting in the center divide next to his severely damaged Pontiac Grand Prix.
The Rancho Cordova man, who was conscious and alert, told officers his girlfriend was still trapped inside the vehicle.
Inside, paramedics found the 45-year-old woman improperly strapped in her seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bekwith was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Witnesses told investigators the car took off at high speeds from a traffic signal, lost control, rolled over twice, and hit a large oak tree.
Investigators say alcohol likely played a part in the crash, although they were waiting for a toxicology report for confirmation.