A car accident around 10 a.m. Sunday morning caused the death of two passengers, while sending one of the drivers to the hospital with major injuries.
According to reports, a 2008 Mazda carrying three people was traveling east on Riego Road east of Highway 99. For unknown reasons the Mazda drifted into the other lane, directly in the path of a 2005 Winnebago traveling west. As a result, both cars collided on the front of the passenger sides.
The two passengers in the Mazda—a 19-year-old male sitting in the front passenger seat and a 17-year-old male sitting in the left back seat—were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 23-year-old male, was taken by ambulance to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center for major injuries.
Both people in the Winnebago—Paul Kent, 74, and Dolores Kent, 87—suffered only minor injuries.
It is not known whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. Toxicology results and a further follow up will come as the accident is under investigation. All five people were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Riego Road remained closed from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for cleanup and investigation.
Ruben Dominguez filed this report.