Sacramento Police Detective involved in collision that killed two brothers

Update to the story. The Sacramento County Coroner has identified the two people killed as brothers, 32-year-old Lionel Rodriguez and 33-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

Two people were killed early this morning when they were struck by a vehicle driven by a Sacramento Police Department Detective.

According to the CHP, a pickup was pulled to the side of southbound Interstate 5, just north of Sutterville Road around 6:15 am. The pickup was disabled. The driver of a second vehicle, an SUV, pulled over to assist the driver of the pickup. Both men were standing on the left side putting gas in the pickup when they were struck by a car driven by the detective. The CHP said the car went over the solid white line and struck the pedestrians.

One man died at the scene and the other man died en route to the hospital. The CHP said they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a part in the collision. The detective remained at the scene and was interviewed by officers.

Update from the CHP:


SACRAMENTO, Calif.- On December 6th, 2022, at approximately 6:16 a.m. Sacramento
Communications Center advised California Highway Patrol (CHP) South Sacramento of a
vehicle crash involving two pedestrians on I-5 southbound at the Sutterville on-ramp. Based on
preliminary reports, it is believed that a Sacramento Police Department Detective (on-duty) was

driving in an unmarked Ford Fusion on I-5 southbound, just south of the Sutterville Road over-
crossing. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a white Dodge pickup truck became

disabled and pulled over on the right-hand shoulder of I-5 southbound, south of the Sutterville
Road over-crossing. An unknown party arrived on scene and parked a Maroon Toyota SUV on
the left shoulder of the Sutterville Road on-ramp, to I-5 southbound (just north of the Dodge
pickup truck). Both the driver of the Dodge pickup truck and driver of the Toyota SUV were
standing on the left side of the Dodge pickup truck (based on preliminary information). For an
unknown reason, the right front-end of the Ford Fusion struck the left rear-end of the Dodge
pickup truck and proceeded to strike both pedestrians causing major injuries. CHP South
Sacramento units responded to the scene and upon their arrival, elements of Sacramento City
Fire Department advised one of the pedestrians was pronounced deceased. While being
transported to a local hospital, CHP South Sacramento additionally was advised the second
pedestrian involved had succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased.


The Sacramento Police Department issued a statement on the collision

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