[UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Injuries Were Fatal] Man Struck by Vehicle on 101 Suffers Major Injuries
A man was struck by vehicle just after 2 a.m. today. The accident happened on Highway 101 just south of Eureka.
“He [has] major injuries,” California Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeff Borgen said.
Borgen said the vehicle involved was a 1999 Cadillac Escalade. The woman driving the vehicle was from Fortuna.
“Her sobriety was fine,” Borgen said. “She was already released from the scene.”
The woman was driving southbound when she saw the man walk across the highway. She swerved and applied her brakes but still hit the pedestrian.
Borgen said the victim was originally believed to be a 57-year-old Eureka man. They later found out that the “ticket” in his pocket had someone else’s name on it. At this point, the man’s identity is unknown.
“[He] appears to be possibly a transient,” Borgen said.
Borgen said the man may not survive.
This is the second weekend in a row in which a major-injury traffic collision involving a pedestrian walking on Highway 101 has occurred just outside of Eureka. Both collisions happened at about 2 a.m. However, last weekend’s collision was north of Eureka. [Click here for last weekend’s story]
UPDATE 9 a.m.: The CHP Incident Page is now saying that the accident was fatal.
UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Press release from the California Highway Patrol:
At approximately 2:05 a.m., Teresa Louise Graham, age 28, of Eureka, was driving a 1999 Cadillac Escalade on US-101 southbound, north of Humboldt Hill. A pedestrian, unknown identity, was wearing dark clothing and walking across the traffic lanes. As the Cadillac’s headlights illuminated the pedestrian, Graham turned the vehicle to the left and applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision. Grahams’ attempt to avoid a collision was unsuccessful and the right front of the Cadillac struck the pedestrian. As a result of this collision, the pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. Due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, he was air lifted to Santa Rosa Medial Center by the US Coast Guard. While en route to Santa Rosa Medical Center, the man succumbed to his injuries he sustained as a result of this collision. Graham was uninjured and released from the scene. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.
The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorist to be watchful for people walking and people bicycling; obey all speed limits; avoid distractions; and know the laws regarding pedestrian right-of-way.