Tuesday May 26 2009
Victims identified in fatal Loomis crash
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Carmichael man dies in Auburn Folsom Road DUI wreck
Three victims of a solo car crash on Auburn Folsom Road and Dick Cook Roads in Loomis have been identified, according to the California Highway Patrol. Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Millheim, of Carmichael, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred early in the morning on Friday, May 22. Millheim was seated in the front passenger seat. The driver, Jarred Carter, 23, of Colusa, suffered major injuries and, according to a CHP report, was arrested for “felony driving under the influence.” The rear passenger, Matthew Remena, 29, of Mather, suffered moderate injuries. Both injured men were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. According to Lawrence Bettencourt, Deputy Chief with South Placer Fire District, they received the call at 1:40 a.m. and were on the scene at 1:45 a.m. He said the accident occurred on Auburn Folsom between Dick Cook Road and Placer Canyon Parkway. Two South Placer engines and three ambulances responded, along with CHP and Placer County Sheriffs. He said the vehicle, a BMW 5-series, had left the road, hit a fire hydrant and ended up “quite a ways off the road.” The report also stated the vehicle was traveling northbound on Auburn Folsom road when it “left the road for unknown reasons,” struck and sheared the fire hydrant, continued on the shoulder, struck a tree, and continued an additional 250 feet before striking a fence and coming to a rest. Bettencourt said the severed hydrant sent a 40-foot geyser of water into the air and hampered rescue efforts. He said it also caused the closure of Auburn Folsom Road. Bettencourt said the Jaws of Life was used to extricate the victims from the car. The first victim was extricated at 2:14 a.m. and the second at 2:38 a.m. He said Placer County Water Agency arrived to shut off the water at 3:18 a.m. According to the CHP report, all three victims were wearing their seat belts. The CHP said the accident is still under investigation.