An 18-year-old man who was the passenger in a Miata was killed, and an 18-year-old man who was driving was seriously injured in a solo-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Indian Springs Road.
William Hawkyard was driving the Mazda, a soft-top sedan, westbound approaching Michelle Court just before 10 a.m. and was driving “well in excess” of the 40 mph speed limit, said California Highway patrol Officer Greg Tassone.
Hawkyard lost control of the Miata as he entered a 35 mph curve in the road and went off the edge of the road, striking several objects, including a utility pole, Tassone said.
The Miata overturned onto its roof and rotated back across the roadway, causing major damage to the roof of the vehicle.
The passenger, Dakota Smith, sustained major head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Tassone said.
Hawkyard reportedly sustained lacerations to the head and face and was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. His condition was reported as stable.
Indian Springs Road was shut down at 11 a.m. until the pole could be righted and the wires removed from the roadway.
The pole was snapped in half and blocking the road.
As of 5:30 p.m., Tassone said, the road was still closed for extended repairs to the pole and attached lines.
Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, Tassone said.
Court records show that Hawkyard was cited twice in September, for failing to stop at a red light and for driving at an unsafe speed — 49 mph in a 25 mph zone.
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