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Citrus Heights News Briefs: stray bullet, fiery crash, obituary

A fiery crash on the side of Interstate 80 in Citrus Heights left a driver dead on Monday morning. // Reader photo submission

Latest local news briefs include a driver being killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 near Antelope Road, a stray bullet in a shooting narrowly missing a driver, and an obituary of a longtime Citrus Heights resident and former architect.

Driver killed in fiery crash on I-80 in Citrus Heights
KCRA 3 reported that a driver was killed early Monday morning after the California Highway Patrol said the car “skidded from the center lane on I-80” and crashed into nearby trees around 5:15 a.m. The car then caught fire. (See KCRA video)

Stray bullet in shooting narrowly missed mother and 3-year-old son
Fox40 reported that a woman driving with her son on Greenback Lane was almost struck by a bullet in an officer-involved shooting in the area on Tuesday night. The woman, Sam Avila, showed a bullet hole in her windshield and headrest, with hair from her scalp sticking out of the hole in the headrest. “I feel like God is what saved me,” she told Fox40. “I don’t know how it missed (my son) but thank God it did.” (See Fox40 video)

Obituary: Albert Marvin Dennis Sr. (1927-2019)
Albert Dennis, Sr., a longtime resident of Citrus Heights, passed away last month at age 92, according to an obituary published in The Sacramento Bee on July 7. As an architect with the State of California, he designed energy efficient buildings in downtown Sacramento and university campuses, before retiring in 1988. He is survived by six of his seven children, along with 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. (See full obituary)

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