DUI suspected in fatal collision at Richmond intersection

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One driver was killed and another driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence in connection with a two-vehicle collision in Richmond early today.

Richmond police responded to the scene in the area of South 37th Street and Carlson Boulevard about 2:21 a.m. Officers found two badly damaged vehicles at the scene, an Audi SUV and an Acura sedan.

The driver of the Acura was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. He was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

The driver of the Audi SUV sustained moderate injuries and exhibited signs of impairment on scene, while a passenger in his vehicle suffered major injuries, police said. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment, and additional passengers in the Audi were treated and released at the scene.

Richmond police investigators determined the Audi SUV had been going northbound on Carlson when it collided into the driver’s side of the Acura as it entered the intersection from South 37th. The driver of the Audi was determined to have been under the influence and was arrested and booked on felony charges, police said.

The identities of the drivers weren’t immediately available.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact RPD Traffic Investigator M. Pagaling at Michael.Pagaling@RichmondPD.net or (510) 965-4982.