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Loomis man dies in head-on collision, two injured

Accident occurred on Horseshoe Bar Road
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A Loomis man is dead and two other Loomis residents were injured in a head-on collision late Tuesday afternoon on Horseshoe Bar Road, according to Dave Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesperson. Martinez said Robert Spillane III, 32, was killed when his Geo Metro crossed Horseshoe Bar Road into the lane of an oncoming Chevrolet Tahoe. Spillane was declared dead at the scene by South Placer Fire paramedics. Katherine Sommer, 66, driver of the Tahoe, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The right front passenger in the Tahoe, Jerry Sommer, 67, suffered moderate injuries and was also transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The Sommers are both from Loomis. The Sommers were treated and released, according to their son-in-law Tom Dahlberg, of Roseville. Dahlberg said Jerry Sommer suffered a cracked sternum and Katherine Sommer suffered bruises. "They are both home and doing all right. They are both very sore," Dahlberg said. Martinez said the accident occurred at 4:45 p.m. in the 6900 block of Horseshoe Bar Road, between Happy Road and the Loomis town limits. He said Spillane's vehicle was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed, crossed over into the other lane and hit the Tahoe head-on. Horseshoe Bar Road was closed for hours in both directions after the crash, but re-opened late last night. The accident is still under investigation by the highway patrol and Placer County Sheriff's officers. -Joyia Emard