Driver sideswiped car just before fatally hitting 2 Auburn students: CHP

Driver sideswiped car just before fatally hitting 2 Auburn students: CHP

The driver charged with fatally hitting two Auburn students with his pickup truck on Sunday was also responsible for an earlier crash, investigators said.

Jared Gaches and Trevor Keller, both 15 years old students at Placer High School in Auburn were killed Sunday evening when the driver, identified as 62-year-old Philip Ingram, ran them down with his pickup truck.

Gaches, a resident of Auburn, and Trevor Keller, a resident of Foresthill, were walking along Highway 49 near Locksley Lane with another boy who was luckily not hurt in the crash.

Neighbors told investigators that they saw the suspect’s truck sideswiping a parked car on Dry Creek Road sometime before the boys were hit and killed. A surveillance video also showed the pickup truck leaving that first scene.

Jeanie Zatkulak, a neighbor, said, “It seemed like he maybe thought about stopping and like slowing down. But then he kept going. It wasn't like he squealed off or anything. It was just kind of weird.”

Ingram was immediately arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both.

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