Coroner Identifies Derrick Simpson in Elk Grove DUI Crash, Wrong-Way Driver Jacob McPherson Arrested for DUI
ELK GROVE, CA (September 20, 2021) – Derrick Deion Simpson died in a DUI wrong-way crash in Elk Grove early Thursday morning.
The crash happened around 2:40 a.m. on September 16, on Highway 99 at Stockton Boulevard. Elk Grove police were pursuing a stolen Honda Accord, driven by 34-year-old Jacob McPherson of Sacramento.
McPherson traveled the wrong way onto southbound Highway 99 and authorities called off the chase. Minutes later, he collided head-on into a Honda Insight.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and found Simpson in the front passenger seat. They rushed him to a hospital, where he later died.
Simpson was 48 years old, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
Meanwhile, McPherson and the driver of the Insight both suffered major injuries and were also hospitalized.
Police later determined that McPherson was driving under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash. They arrested him for felony DUI causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter, felony evading, possession of stolen property, and driving a stolen vehicle.
Further investigation into this fatal crash is underway.
We send our condolences to the loved ones and friends of Derrick Simpson.
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