Teen Killed in Accident on Auburn Boulevard
On September 12, 2012 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Tayler Hutchins, a 19 year old from Sacramento was driving a white 1991 Lexus LS400 on eastbound Auburn Boulevard at Garfield Avenue.
Per a witness, the Lexus was stopped in the #2 lane for a red traffic signal when a silver 2004 BMW 300 series approached the rear of her vehicle. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Lexus began to yell at the male driver of the BMW behind her. The eastbound traffic signal turned green and the Lexus began to accelerate. After a short distance, the driver of the Lexus abruptly applied her brakes and then accelerated, doing this several times "brake checking" the BMW. The BMW attempted to move to the #1 lane to pass by the Lexus but Hutchins steered her vehicle to the left, attempting to block the BMW from passing. The BMW then attempted to pass using the two-way left hand turn lane and was able to do so. Hutchins again steered her vehicle to the left in attempt to avoid letting the vehicle pass by. This movement caused her to lose control of her vehicle and she traveled into the westbound #1 lane where a 1991 gray Mercedes 190E was approaching. The front of the Mercedes struck the passenger side of the Lexus. The Lexus overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a parking lot just west of Rosebud Lane.
The 23 year old driver of the Mercedes and her 4 year old son were transported to UC Davis Medical Center with minor injuries. Hutchins was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital where she died from her injuries.
CHP Investigators are in the process of interviewing witnesses. CHP is asking that the male driver of the 2004 silver BMW, who is a key witness, to please contact them and provide a statement as to Hutchins driving actions prior to the collision.