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Speed a factor in double-fatal traffic accident on Folsom Lake Crossing

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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Two men were killed after a weekend car accident in Folsom. At 12:28 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, the Folsom Police and Fire departments responded to a collision on the Folsom Lake Crossing west of Natoma Street involving two vehicles, said Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department. When emergency personnel arrived, they found the driver of a Honda Civic, Stephen Schwartz, 28, of Orangevale, deceased and a BMW sport utility fully engulfed in flames. According to officials, the BMW had been traveling eastbound at an extremely excessive speed when the driver lost control of his vehicle, crossing the double yellow lines into on-coming traffic. The driver of the Honda was traveling westbound when the sport utility struck his vehicle. There were no passengers in either car, Browning said. The Folsom Lake Crossing was opened to traffic at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. As of press time, authorities had not released the name of the BMW driver. Browning said drivers need to slow down and follow posted traffic limits in the future. “Please respect the posted speed limits,” said Browning. “They are put there for your safety and the safety of others. Hopefully Folsom drivers will slow down.”