CHP Releases Name of Woman Injured Near C.R. Today But Withholds Name of Deceased Driver

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

CHP Feature FatalityOn March 12, 2017, at approximately 1209 hours, a 45 year old male [from Roseburg, Oregon] was driving a 2002 Kia Optima southbound on US-101 south of Tompkins Hill Road. Per witnesses, the driver of the Kia was traveling at a high rate of speed, using both southbound lanes to pass traffic. For reasons still under investigation, the driver veered sharply to the left, losing control of the Kia. The Kia continued out of control across both southbound lanes before colliding with a large section of guardrail. As a result of the collision with the guardrail, the driver sustained fatal injures and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Ms. Loretta Doolittle, [age 46 of Crescent City] suffered major injuries and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital by City Ambulance.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until notification of the next of kin can be made by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

Emergency personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Humboldt Sheriff Department, Humboldt Bay Fire, Loleta Fire, and City Ambulance responded to the scene.

DUI is a factor in this collision and further toxicological analysis is pending.

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