Update: ID of Auburn man killed in Highway 49 crash released | TheUnion.com

Update: ID of Auburn man killed in Highway 49 crash released

The Placer County Sheriff-Coroner has identified the man killed Tuesday while trying to turn onto Highway 49 as Arthur Blankenship, 55.

Blankenship, an Auburn resident, was driving a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis eastbound on Joeger Road in Auburn at about 5:40 a.m., said CHP spokeswoman Traci Pierce in a news release.

Blankenship drove into the intersection directly in front of Kevin Jones, 43, of Grass Valley, who was driving a Ford F-150 truck southbound in the right lane of the highway, according to Pierce.

The truck hit the Mercury's driver's side and then the truck was rear-ended by a 16-year-old Grass Valley girl driving a Toyota RAV-4, the CHP report said. Both the truck and the Mercury came to rest blocking the northbound lanes of Highway 49.

Blankenship was pronounced dead at the scene. Jones complained of minor pain and the girl driving the SUV was uninjured, according to the CHP report.

The Auburn area CHP is conducting the investigation and it does not appear alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision, Pierce said.

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