Two teenage pedestrians were struck and killed by a pickup, the driver of which is suspected of having been intoxicated, north of Auburn on Sunday, authorities said. About 5:15 p.m., a white Ford pickup truck headed south on Highway 49 drifted onto the road’s shoulder, where the two young men were walking with a third person, California Highway Patrol spokesman David Martinez said.
One of the teens who was struck died at the scene, and the other boy died at the hospital. Both were 15-year-old students at Placer High School in Auburn, Martinez said.
The third person was not injured, he said. Officers arrested the driver, 62-year-old Phillip Ingram, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Ingram had evidently been involved in an earlier traffic crash, Martinez said, but the officer had no further details about the timing or circumstances. When officers arrived, a white pickup truck with a camper shell was facing the wrong direction in the opposite lanes, according to the CHP’s traffic information website.