March 9th, 2011 – For Immediate Release
Driver in Fatal Accident Arrested
On January 28th just before 8 pm the Folsom Police Department responded to a single
vehicle collision on Folsom Blvd west of Blue Ravine Road. When they arrived they
discovered a maroon Pontiac GTO severely damaged. Witnesses described the vehicle as
having driven recklessly in the moments prior to spinning out, sideswiping a tree in the
center divide, rolling over at least twice, before finally coming to rest on it’s wheels
against a mature Oak tree.
Officers discovered Kimbery Bryant, 45 years of age, deceased in the passenger side seat
of the vehicle. James Beckwith, age 52, of Rancho Cordova, was sitting in the center
median, having exited the driver’s seat after the collision. Beckwith was transported to
an area hospital with serious injuries.
On March 7th a warrant was issued for Beckwith’s arrest by the Sacramento Superior
Court based on the investigation by the Folsom Police Department’s Major Accident
Response Team. On March 8th officers from that team arrested James Beckwith at a
family member’s home in Placer County on a $15,000 felony warrant for Vehicular
Manslaughter, California Penal Code Section 192(C)(1).