A pedestrian was killed and five other people injured early Sunday morning in a crash involving four vehicles, including a West Sacramento police cruiser, on southbound Interstate 5 east of Woodland.
Yolo County coroner’s officials identified the man who died as 58-year-old Steven Carl Luth of Citrus Heights, who according to the California Highway Patrol had exited his car after it crashed into a railing on the Elkhorn Causeway bridge and became disabled on the left shoulder at about 1:15 a.m. A short time later, the West Sacramento police officer came upon the scene and pulled to the right shoulder to notify dispatchers of the crash.
According to the CHP, a third vehicle struck the disabled car, causing a fourth motorist to swerve to the right and rear-end the parked police car. The impact of the first collision caused the disabled car to spin around and strike its owner, causing fatal injuries.
Luth was pronounced dead at the scene, while two drivers and three passengers from two other vehicles were taken to the UC Davis Medical Center with moderate to major injuries, the CHP reported. The West Sacramento police officer also went to the hospital for precautionary reasons.