[UPDATE 5 p.m.] Unidentified Passenger Dead After ATV Accident; Driver Invokes Rights Refuses to Answer Questions; Can You Help?
A man is dead and unidentified following an early morning accident in the Alderpoint area today. The driver of the UTV reportedly involved in the crash did not provide all the information needed by the California CHP.
“We had limited contact,” the CHP spokesperson said. “He invoked his rights and did not provide any additional information. We still need the passenger’s name, the scene of the collision, and the vehicle.”
The CHP is hoping that members of the public can help. They have provided the following press release:
On September 15, 2015, at approximately 0330 hours, a side-by-side UTV, driven by a 30 year old male of Garberville, CA was traveling on private property off of Alderpoint Road, near Blocksburg. For reasons still under investigation, the UTV was involved in a roll-over collision. The front right passenger, known only as “Smokey” (white, male, approximate age 25 to 40, numerous unique tatoos) was transported by the driver of the UTV from the collision scene to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital. The male passenger was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP Office and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. Alcohol impairment does appear to be a factor in the collision.
The public is urged to contact the Garberville CHP Office with any additional information regarding the collision (707) 923-2155.
UPDATE 5 p.m.: Update from the CHP:
UPDATE: The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the passenger of the UTV. The name of the passenger is currently being withheld pending notification to next of kin.