SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 67-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver who was texting behind the wheel on Interstate 5 in Sacramento on Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.
According to the CHP, the suspected drunk driver was a 43-year-old Sacramento man who was driving a BMW and admitted to being on his phone at the time of the crash. He was arrested at the scene under suspicion of a DUIREAD MORE: Researchers: ‘Solar Canals' In California Could Save Water, Fight For Climate Change
The collision caused the motorcyclist, a man from Nicolaus, to be tossed into the next lane, where he suffered fatal injuries after being struck by an oncoming Honda, authorities said.
The driver of the Honda, a 54-year-old man from West Sacramento, remained on the scene to cooperate with law enforcement, authorities said.READ MORE: Shock G, Off-Kilter Leader Of Bay Area's Digital Underground, Dead At 57
The crash happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the Highway 50 connector. All northbound I-5 lanes were closed, but reopened at around midnight.
Caltrans also said the eastbound Highway 50 connector closed due to the crash.MORE NEWS: 'The Damage Is Bad': Sacramento Neighbors Fed Up After Wayward Golf Balls Keep Hitting Homes, Cars
The identity of the deceased will be released once next of kin is notified.