[UPDATE 10:20 a.m.] Fortuna Man Driver in This Morning’s Double Fatal Accident
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On July 21, 2017, at approximately 0320 hours, a 2002 GMC Yukon, driven by Steven Murray of Fortuna, CA, was traveling northbound on US-101 just north of French Road. For reasons still under investigation, Murray allowed the GMC to run off the east road edge and collide with a light pole and redwood tree. The collision with the redwood tree caused the GMC to overturn as it traveled down an embankment adjacent to US-101. The GMC eventually came to rest on its left side within the lanes of Maple Hills Road. Two of the passengers in the GMC sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. Murray was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA with moderate injuries and at this time is in stable condition. The names of the two passengers are being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.
Maple Hills Road was closed for scene investigation.
The California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Phillipsville Volunteer Fire Department, Miranda Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, City Ambulance of Eureka, and Cal Trans all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP.
UPDATE 10:20 a.m.: The CHP has released the names of the victims. Dennis Wendt age 69 the sole owner of Wendt Construction in Fortuna and Roger Harwood age 67 of Fortuna were named.
Earlier Chapter: Fatal Accident Near the Miranda Offramp; Two Locals Dead; Driver Injured