Driver dies, pedestrians seriously injured in Carmichael crash

9:07 AM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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  • Three people were injured when a car crashed into a pole Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (Photo by Dave Marquis/News10)
  • Three people were injured when a car crashed into a pole Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (Photo by Dave Marquis/News10)
  • Three people were injured when a car crashed into a pole Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (Photo by Dave Marquis/News10)
    

CARMICHAEL - A driver died and two pedestrians were seriously injured in when the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit the women before slamming into a power pole Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said the pedestrians, 29-year-old Renee Colson of Fair Oaks and Kaitlyn Corona of Carmichael, suffered broken bones and were taken to Mercy San Juan Hospital in critical condition.

The driver, identified as 29-year-old Robert Belcher of Citrus Heights, was extricated from the vehicle and taken by ambulance to Mercy San Juan Hospital where he later died, said Dutton.

The Saturn was traveling north on Manzanita Avenue and had just made a left onto westbound Winding Way when, eyewitnesses said, the Saturn began swerving from side to side and then slammed into a power pole in front of an apartment complex.

The car was smoking when firefighters arrived at the scene, but they were able to quickly remove the driver and put him into a waiting ambulance.

The front of the Saturn was almost completely destroyed on the driver's side.

The CHP said excessive speed appeared to be a factor in the accident, and would determine if alcohol contributed after a toxicology report.

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