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Suspected Drunk Driver Admitted To Texting While Driving In Sacramento Freeway Crash That Killed Motorcyclist

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 67-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver who was texting behind the wheel on Interstate 5 in Sacramento on Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

According to the CHP, the suspected drunk driver was a 43-year-old Sacramento man who was driving a BMW and admitted to being on his phone at the time of the crash. He was arrested at the scene under suspicion of a DUI

The collision caused the motorcyclist, a man from Nicolaus, to be tossed into the next lane, where he suffered fatal injuries after being struck by an oncoming Honda, authorities said.

The driver of the Honda, a 54-year-old man from West Sacramento, remained on the scene to cooperate with law enforcement, authorities said.

The crash happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the Highway 50 connector. All northbound I-5 lanes were closed, but reopened at around midnight.

Caltrans also said the eastbound Highway 50 connector closed due to the crash.

The identity of the deceased will be released once next of kin is notified.

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