[UPDATE 2:16 p.m.] Brannan Mountain Resident Found Deceased in His Vehicle Beside the Road
“Around 9 a.m., we got a call of an unresponsive male sitting in his pickup on the side of Brannan Mountain Road,” May said. “We confirmed he was deceased.”
May said that the officers found evidence of a minor traffic collision. “We’re not sure if he struck some object coming down the hill,” May said. But in any case, May added, the man’s death does not look like foul play. “Right now it is looking like some sort of medical condition [caused his death],” May explained.
UPDATE 2:16 p.m.: Press release from the CHP:
On the morning of Thursday, July 13th, 76 year old man lost his life after being involved in a traffic collision on Brannan Mountain Road two miles west of SR-96.
At approximately 9:02 am, Humboldt Area CHP responded to the area of Brannan Mountain Road for a report of an unresponsive male subject sitting in the driver seat of a Ford F150. When emergency medical personnel arrived on scene they confirmed the man was deceased. CHP units confirmed that there was signs of a minor traffic collision, however, there is evidence indicating that his death may have been caused by a medical condition. Humboldt Area CHP is the investigating agency in this incident. At this time we have not yet determined the cause of death. We would like to thank the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the Hoopa Ambulance for their assistance.
*****If anyone has any information that may lead to the cause of this incident please contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981