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: IN PHOTOS: May 2022 'Blood Moon' Dazzles Skywatchers Across The World
Officers say the car may have been speeding in the northbound direction on the freeway when it left the roadway.READ MORE: Judge: California's Law Requiring Women On Corporate Boards Is Unconstitutional
“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: Applications Now Open For $10K Grants For Sacramento Artists
CHP is investigating exactly what caused this crash. Investigators said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.