On Sunday evening, a four-vehicle crash crippled eastbound Highway 50 near Howe Avenue, closing two lanes of traffic.
"There was a disabled vehicle on the shoulder, a family member stopped in to help, so there were two cars parked on the shoulder," said Sgt. Michael Bradley, a spokesman for South Sacramento CHP.
A woman had run out of gas, she was parked on the side of the roadway and had called her husband for help.
Her husband, 51-year-old David Condell, came to her aid. Condell pulled up behind her vehicle to bring gas.
Condell and his wife had both gotten back in their vehicles when their lives changed in an instant.
"The driver rear ended one of the vehicles parked on the shoulder," Bradley said.
Joseph Short, 34, driving a Ford Escape, allegedly drunk, slammed into the back of Condell’s car,
and then swerved back onto the highway.
"The driver's vehicle actually careened into the roadway clipping another car, causing it to roll over. Fortunately, that person only suffered minor injuries," Bradley said.
Condell, however, wasn’t as fortunate. He died from his injuries.
Police say Short should never have been behind the wheel.
"That DUI driver was extremely high BAC, extremely high, one of the highest I've seen in my career," Bradley said.
According to court documents, Short has two prior DUI charges, one in 2007 and another in 2010, for which he served jail time.
Short denied an on-camera interview and is being held at the Sacramento County Jail.