On November 24, 2012 at approximately 3:57 a.m., Walter Portillo, a 37 year old from Sacramento was driving a silver 2007 Toyota Scion on southbound Don Julio Boulevard north of Cherbourg Drive at a high rate of speed. Portillo lost control of his vehicle and the Toyota spun in a southeast direction crossing the northbound lanes. The Toyota struck a brick sound wall on the east edge of the northbound lanes.
The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to the front passenger, Samuel Bagdikyan, a 33 year old from North Highlands. Portillo who was not wearing his seatbelt was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital with major head trauma and is listed in serious condition.
Alcohol is suspected as being a contributing factor in this collision pending a toxicology report on Portillo.