Driver dies after single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Sacramento, authorities say

A Sacramento man died Monday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Sacramento’s South Land Park neighborhood, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A motorist drove at high speeds and cut through southbound lanes near the 43rd Avenue off-ramp before crashing into a center divide, according to the CHP’s dispatch log. Officer Mark Leavitt, a spokesman for the CHP’s South Sacramento office, said officers were called about 7:20 a.m. to reports of a 2011 Chevrolet sedan that crashed for unknown reasons.

A person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, said Capt. Justin Sylvia, a spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department. A 26-year-old Sacramento man died, and there were no other passengers in the vehicle, Leavitt wrote in an email.

The victim will be identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office after family members are notified.

The motorist in the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP’s dispatch log.

Officers closed roads north of Seamus Avenue as investigators collected evidence for the incident. The lanes have since been reopened.

The investigation is ongoing. It’s unknown why the man crashed and whether he was driving under the influence, Leavitt said.