CHP: South Sacramento carjacking suspect dies in crash on Highway 99 in Galt

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SOUTH SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that followed a carjacking on Highway 99.

Officials said around 2 a.m. Wednesday, a 36-year-old man driving a Dodge Durango was carjacked while trying to assist a pedestrian on southbound Highway 99, south of US-50.

The person asked the driver for a ride and he agreed, letting him the passenger seat.

As they were driving, the suspect became upset when the driver told him that he couldn’t drive him to the location he requested.

The suspect began assaulting the driver. The driver pulled over to the right shoulder near 47th Avenue and both men got out.

The suspect continued to assault the driver and then got into the Dodge fled at a high rate of speed, leaving the Dodge owner on the side of the highway.

Nearly half an hour later, investigators say the suspect approached traffic that had slowed down due to a scheduled CalTrans construction closure just north of Simmerhorn Road in Galt on Highway 99.

The suspect was driving in the number two lane and crossed over to the left into the closed number one lane.

The Durango moved into the center median and crashed into the steel guardrail. The vehicle then continued to the right and rolled over as it moved to the right shoulder of the highway.

Sometime during the collision, the suspect was ejected from the Durango and was killed.

The person’s identity is unknown at this time.

Investigators have not determined if drugs or alcohol played a role in this incident.

This is a developing story.

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