DUI Suspected in Early Morning Fatal Crash

CHP Feature FatalityPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On June 17, 2017 at approximately 0335 hours, a 2014 Dodge Journey SUV, exited US-101 southbound to South G Street at an undetermined speed.  The driver failed to negotiate the curve at the end of the off ramp and as a result the vehicle left roadway in a straight line before colliding head on with a large tree.  The Dodge sustained major damage.  The driver was unresponsive at the scene when CHP and Fire/EMS arrived.  The driver was transported by ambulance to Mad River Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  The passenger suffered minor injuries and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital by ambulance.

Driver:  Jarrod Waddle, Age 35, Redding, CA  sustained fatal injuries.  Contact Humboldt County Coroner for further.  Case # 2017-02868

Passenger: Andrea Eddy, Age 36, Weaverville, CA sustained minor injuries.  Treated and released from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Arcata.

Investigating Officer: Eckerfield, #21025

Emergency personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Police Department, Humboldt Bay Fire, and Mad River Ambulance responded to the scene.

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

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7 comments

  • G street? Eureka? Arcata? Mickyville? Fortuna? I guess oyster fest is in arcata so probably there

  • St Joseph’s Hospital… in Arcata??? Perhaps you meant Mad River Hospital, in Arcata!!!???

  • Sorry to hear of yet another possible DUI tragedy. Condolences to the family.

  • charles engebretson

    I thought it was the chill-lada I was drinking…happy Saturday in Humboldt..party have fun DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE…stay home or get a cab…please…for the kids sake

  • Broderick Crawford

    The tree always wins. That’s a really short, sharp right turn after driving at freeway speeds. Ya gotta slow down really fast. It’s hard even in the daylight when you’re sober.

  • well at least it was not a innocent buy stander that died the dui driver took himself out .

  • SAD, DUI or not. Glad the passenger made it out okay. Might be her friend but she should of never got in a vehicle with some one who has been drinking. Another statistic for 2017.

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