SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Authorities say a car went flying off the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento early Tuesday morning, killing two people.
California Highway Patrol says guests staying at a nearby hotel heard the crash just after 1:30 a.m.READ MORE: Deadly Crash On Highway 50 In Sacramento
Officers say the car may have been speeding in the northbound direction on the freeway when it left the roadway.READ MORE: Big Rig Driver Dies After Being Ejected In Crash On I-5 In Stanislaus County
“As they approached the Watt Avenue off-ramp, they threaded the needle in between [the] guard rail and off-ramp sign and didn’t hit anything till they left the roadway, hit several trees,” said Ofc. Reuben Franklin with CHP. “Due to speed, [they] cleared a large ravine [and] landed on the other side.”
Both the driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, 29-year-old Sean Denzel Powers and 30-year-old Gilbert Wayne Benamati died in the crash. It’s unclear which man was driving.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Who Is Getting A Plus-Up Payment?
CHP is investigating exactly what caused this crash. Investigators said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.