Three people with ties to the Merced County area were killed in a solo vehicle crash in the Sacramento area on Saturday.
Two of the victims were twin brothers who served in the military.
The Sacramento County coroner has identified the victims as Robert Anderson, 23, of Elk Grove and his brother Michael Anderson, 23, of Atwater. The brothers would have been 24 on Tuesday, according to the coroner’s website.
Sean Leon Guerrero, 24, of Merced also died in the crash, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
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The CHP has reported the driver was intoxicated.
The crash was reported about 2:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 99, south of Calvine Road. Guerrero was driving a 2010 Acura. The Anderson brothers were passengers.
CHP reported the vehicle was traveling between 80 and 100 mph.
According to the CHP, due to intoxication and unsafe speed, Guerrero lost control of the car, it drifted to the right of the highway and onto the dirt shoulder, then struck a chain-link fence and a metal pole.
All three men sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.
The Sun-Star interviewed Robert Anderson last year for a story about his returning home for Thanksgiving after serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan. At the time, he was a corporal in the Marines. His brother Michael served in the Army National Guard and in Afghanistan.
In the story, Robert Anderson talked about the difficulty of being away from his wife, Ashley, and his son, Carter, now 5.
Robert Anderson told Sun-Star reporter Ramona Giwargis that his time serving in the Marines was worthwhile. “There’s a lot of people making bigger sacrifices than me,” he said.
The twin brothers were the children of Lorraine Anderson, 57, of Merced, who served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force.