On Sunday, July 19th 2009 at 10 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on Howe Ave just south of Swarthmore Drive. A 16-year-old female (passenger) from Elk Grove died as a result of the collision.
The Sacramento Police Department's Major Collision Investigations Team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Investigators believe that a white,1997, Buick LeSabre, was traveling northbound on Howe Avenue, near Swarthmore Drive, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree in the center median. The driver was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The front passenger was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.
According to witnesses, the Buick made a lane change before losing control of the vehicle. Investigators believe speed was a contributing factor in the collision.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 264-5471 or a Traffic Investigator at (916) 808-6030.