The Sacramento County coroner released the names of the woman and boy killed in a crash Thursday on Interstate 80 in Sacramento.
Carrie Sears, 40, of Encino, and Skylar Eubanks, 4, of West Hills, died after the Nissan Pathfinder Sears was driving struck several trees at about 2 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 80 just west of Madison Avenue. A girl who also was riding in the vehicle was taken to University of California, Davis with serious injuries, the California Highway Patrol said. Her name has not been released.
CHP said they received a call that the Pathfinder was heading west and weaving at a high rate of speed before the crash. As it traveled west of Madison Avenue, the vehicle veered to the right and crossed all lanes of traffic and the shoulder. It went down an embankment and struck several trees, causing major damage to its left side.
Sears was pronounced dead at the scene. Eubanks was in a child restraint system in the left rear of the vehicle. He died as a result of injuries caused by the force of the crash, the CHP said. The girl who suffered serious injuries was sitting in the right rear of the vehicle.
The CHP is continuing to investigate and is waiting on a toxicology report to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said speeding and reckless driving contributed to the crash.
"This driver was obviously driving erratically and we're looking into what that cause could be," Dutton said.
A mother and a child were killed in a crash on Interstate 80, Thursday, April 17, 2014. News10