On December 25, 2008, at approximately 6:49 p.m., Joshua Lopez, a 19 year old from North Highlands was driving a red 1991 Saturn on southbound Hillsdale Boulevard just north of Walerga at a high rate of speed. Lopez lost control of his vehicle and the left side of his vehicle struck the right rear of parked silver 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The impact pushed the Dodge into a parked red 1996 Chevy 2500 pickup. The Saturn continued out of control and its right side struck a brick wall and wood fence located at a residence on the 5800 block of Hillsdale Boulevard. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez was not wearing his seatbelt and was a sole occupant.
It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor to this collision pending a toxicology report.