(This article has been updated with information from the CHP).
On September 26, 2021, at approximately 1:55 PM, North Sacramento CHP Area units were dispatched to a call of a traffic collision that occurred on Elverta Road at Dominion Road.
Upon arrival on scene, units discovered a Toyota Tacoma (driven by a 57-year-old male from Rio Linda) was traveling westbound on Elverta Road approaching Dominion Road.
A Ford Focus (driven by a 47-year-old male from Citrus Heights) was traveling eastbound on Elverta Road approaching Dominion Road. For reasons still under investigation, the 57-year-old male lost control of the Toyota Tacoma and the front of the Tacoma collided with the front of the Ford Focus.
Immediately following the collision, the 47-year-old male driver of the Ford Focus was transported to a nearby hospital for major, life-threatening injuries. Investigating officers at the scene of the collision suspected the 57-year-old male driver of the Toyota Tacoma had been Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol at the time of the collision. He was subsequently evaluated by on-scene officers, arrested for DUI, and transported to a nearby hospital for his minor injuries.
At approximately 2:51 PM, the 47-year-old driver of the Ford Focus was pronounced deceased at the hospital from his injuries sustained from the collision. The 32-year-old female passenger from Citrus Heights, who was riding as the front right passenger in the Ford Focus, was also transported to the hospital for minor injuries.
The 57-year-old driver of the Toyota Tacoma (identified as Ronald Ellis) is currently in custody and being treated for his injuries prior to incarceration. When released from the hospital, Ellis will be booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail for the following charges:
• 23153(a) VC – DUI (alcohol) causing bodily injury or death
• 23153(b) VC – DUI (alcohol) causing bodily injury or death with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or higher
• 191.5(a) PC – Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while intoxicated
At 1:55pm today, Metro Fire received a call reporting a major traffic accident at Elverta Road and Dominion Way in Elverta.
Responding rescue personnel reported a white truck versus a gold sedan, with extrication required.
Metro Fire Copter One was standing by to transport but it was decided to transport via ground ambulance due to the lack of an appropriate place for Copter One to land.
Good Day Sacramento later reported one fatality, and two other victims transported to Mercy San Juan.
At 2:36pm, CHP requested that Valley Toxicology respond to Mercy San Juan for a DUI/drug screen.
Readers James Kopsa and Leila Steffans provided photos.
CHP will likely post a media release tomorrow. We will update this story when that becomes available.
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2:16 PM 13  [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 W.A.P. Tow 916-992-8805
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