HSU Student Killed in Crash Near Humboldt/Del Norte County Line, Two Others With Major Injuries

CHP California Highway Patrol BlurA crash near the Humboldt/Del Norte County line killed a Humboldt State University student and left two others with major injuries on Sunday morning.

On March 13 at 10:10 a.m., a 2002 Ford Mustang traveled north on Highway 101 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.

The passengers, Pearla Saole, 21, of Arcata and Alexis Galvan, 21, of Arcata, both suffered major injuries and were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital. Officer Rick Borges of the California Highway Patrol said the two passengers are now at Mercy Hospital in Redding.Β The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

All of the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Press release from Humboldt State University:


A Humboldt State University student was killed and two other students were injured in a car accident Sunday morning near Crescent City.

The accident occurred at about 10 a.m. on Highway 101, and all three students were traveling in the same car.

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate, and has been in close contact with University Police. Campus officials are reaching out to family members, friends, and others to provide support and other assistance.

The names of the students are not yet being released to the public. The students who were injured were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City.

Humboldt State is offering support for members of the campus community who may need it during this time. Students contact the Dean of Students office at (707) 826-3504 or visit that office in Siemens Hall 211. Staff or faculty may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at (707) 443-7358.

[Note: The California Highway Patrol reported the name of one of the passengers as Pearl Saole. However, the University says her name is Pearla.]

UPDATE 3/15:Β DNCSO Releases Name of HSU Student Killed in Sunday’s Crash



  • Sad πŸ™ Prayers for the families .

  • Really sad. So young! I hope the passengers will be ok. It’s possible that the roads were wet.

    My son was driving in the rain a few months ago, swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and hit a tree. He was so lucky to escape with only minor injuries and I feel so grateful to still have him alive and in my life. My heart goes out to his or her family. I can’t imagine the pain they must be going through.

  • Excuse me but is there a reason why my comment was removed?

  • I used to own a 2000 mustang ,the one thing I didn’t like about it was that it’s hydroplaned horribly in the rear end , so with that being said ,so tragic condolences to the family of the one lost in this accident. And I hope that that other two people recover fully R.I.P

    • Thx for the good reminder to put some weight in the back of your truck, I used to keep two smaller cinder blocks on cardboard in the bed of my truck

  • what on earth is campus police going to do? they were not there!
    damn the cops are lazy, pushing duties off to useless campus popes!

  • In 1978 coming from Crezcent city too eureka,myself and 4 others friend were in a car accident ….it was terrible also 2 dead 3 injured……im praying for your family….god be with you and yours…..

  • LeAnna Carson-Hansen

    Wow, guess you cannot fathom that the campus police work with other agencies when a student is killed.
    I guess you do not personally know a police officer, CHP officer or sheriff deputy.
    The one’s I know work very hard at their job which is more than busting folks.
    Notification of next kin, being on the scene and assisting injured, processing a MVA, and they are not “popes”.
    Whatever “popes” is.
    In regards to the two survivors may they heal up quickly and have a huge network of support in the aftermath of such a horrific accident.
    May the family of the deceased be given all the care and help they need in the aftermath of losing their loved one.

  • Number 1 cause of death for people of this age (most ages actully). If we lowered all speed limits to 55, it would save many lives.

    • How about if we just DID the speed limit rather than 80, 90 or over 100mph. Speed lessens the reaction time and if the road is wet, you are going to hydroplane and lose control. So if you need to take evasive action and you are flying well over the limit, you might not be able to. What’s the rush?

  • I passed this wreak right after it happend it was so sad it could have been anyone it was storming so bad Sunday morning a tree feel across 101 this car swerved to miss a falling tree and landed in another πŸ˜žπŸ™ For everyone involved

    • On behalf of the family of the individual who passed away, We would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me with any information about the accident. Please feel free to find me on Facebook or reply here.

    • Please reply with some contact info. The family of the deceased would like to talk to u if u witnessed anything. They really want to know what happened.

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  • Dear Anna. Can you please call Brent Duque at (949) 336-1530 or email him at bduque@duquelaw.com. He is an attorney who represents one of the passengers involved in this accident. His office is investigating the accident and would like to talk to you as soon as possible.

  • Anna could you please contact Rob, the father of the deceased student, at (310) 995-8025 regarding the accident you witnessed?

  • Dear Anna, the tree that you mentioned may have been the reason why Mr. Romeri lost control of his vehicle. My office is investigating this matter on behalf of Alexis Glavan, one of the surviving passengers. The families need closure and you can help shed some light on this tragic event. Please email me at ara@saroianlaw.com or call my cell at 818-291-3775.

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