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Three Dead in SUV Crash

Three people are dead following a fiery SUV collision between the vehicle and a bicyclist in Sacramento, according to recent reports.

The California Highway Patrol stated that an unidentified 53-year-old female cyclist as well as the female passenger in the SUV, Reness Pojol, 24, of Citrus Heights, died at the scene. The male driver of the SUV died after being transported to an area hospital.

The crash took place at Howe Avenue and Birney Way. According to police sources, the SUV was speeding southbound on Howe when it veered into the northbound lane, striking the cyclist and throwing her 100 feet from the impact.

The SUV then struck a tree at Bellview Park, bursting into flames. The female passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown into the back seat and died on impact. A good Samaritan grabbed a fire extinguisher and attempted to put out the flames and rescue the two from the vehicle.

The CHP notes that alcohol was found in the Tahoe and states that toxicology studies are being done to determine if the driver was DUI at the time of the crash. The SUV is estimated to have been traveling at least 50 miles per hour when it hit the tree.

Deadly Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes Common At Site

The site of the crash is one that has seen several other fatalities. Since 2011, five people have died on Howe Avenue in the Bellview Park vicinity. Other victims include pedestrians, and concerned citizens fought to have a stoplight put in, but some believe the stoplight has actually made the problem worse, since drivers now speed to try to “beat the light.” The fact that a school is nearby creates great fear in area parents that a speeding driver could hurt a child, and some want the speed limit in the area reduced to 25 miles per hour.

It is ironic that putting in a stoplight could actually make an intersection more dangerous, but in some cases this is what happens when traffic management becomes an issue. Many feel that stop lights and stop signs are the answer, but if the problem is more complex they may not solve the safety issue. Pedestrians and bicyclists should always be very aware of their surroundings and always yield to oncoming cars, even if they have the right-of-way.

If you have been the victim of a pedestrian or bicycle crash, contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento for help.

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