FOLSOM — A tragic accident in Folsom, which police said could have been avoided. Three people are confirmed dead after a head on collision on Folsom Lake Crossing. A fourth person is still recovering in the hospital.
Others who live in the area told FOX40 the stretch of road has been a problem for years.
“Unfortunately we do hear a lot of brakes screeching and metal hitting,” said Erin Gorrell, owner of Folsom Bike & Folsom Grind.
A crash just after 5 p.m. Sunday cost three people their lives. Folsom police said a car coming west veered into the east lanes hitting another vehicle. Thirty-five-year-old Casey Steven Marsullo and 29-year-old Lorena Rico were both in the car which crossed the yellow line, and died shortly after impact according to police. Although she was rushed to the hospital, 70-year-old Diane Violet Schut from El Dorado Hills died later in the night.
Rico’s family told FOX40 she was raised in Folsom, and after spending some time in San Diego, returned home where she worked as a bartender.
Many in Folsom are not surprised to hear police believe speed was a factor in the crash especially since it happened on Folsom Lake Crossing.
“The people often drive too fast,” said Steve Lam who lives near the accident scene.
“I think the speed limit is 55. People will be driving 55 or 60, people right behind you just can’t wait to get around you and they pass you at about 70,” said Fred Ham, who also lives near the accident.
“We’ve had cyclists that have been hit, we’ve had people that have been hit, we’ve had cars that have been rear ended in the middle of the intersection,” said Gorrell.
Gorrell believes police are doing all they can, setting up speed traps and patrolling. But she’s not sure there’s a simple solution, such as reducing the speed limit, to prevent more accidents. She said it just comes down to the individual driver.
“We live in a society of distracted drivers with all our smartphones and people just doing what they want to do instead of obeying the laws,” said Gorrell.