Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday evening, Folsom Police and Fire personnel responded to a single vehicle accident on southbound Folsom Blvd, south of Blue Ravine Road.

Upon arrival, officers found a 52 year old Rancho Cordova man sitting in the center divide near a severely damaged two door Pontiac Grand Prix. The conscious and alert man asked officers to provide aid to his girlfriend, who was still inside the vehicle. Inside the Pontiac paramedics found a 45 year old female improperly strapped in her seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses told investigators the vehicle sped away from the traffic signal at Folsom Blvd and Blue Ravine Road, lost control, and spun twice before leaving the paved roadway.

folsom fatal crashOnce off the roadway the vehicle rolled at least twice before impacting a large oak tree on the driver’s side and coming to a stop in an upright position.

The Folsom Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.R.T) is investigating the collision. Sergeant Kirk Morris preliminarily suggested alcohol, excessive speed, and improper use of a shoulder harness restraint were likely factors in the fatal collision.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Officer Kracher at (916) 492-8589.