Man Arrested for Homicide Yesterday
At approximately 6:13 p.m. yesterday, Eureka Police arrested Gary Joel Cudney, a 61-year-old Eureka man, after he allegedly struck a man near Winco with his vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital but later died. Cudney was arrested on Penal Code 191.5–“Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated… .” Bail was set at $100,000.
UPDATE 1:26 p.m.:
This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
The pedestrian was transported by City Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The driver of the involved vehicle, identified as Gary Joel Cudney (61 years old of Eureka), was contacted and exhibited objective signs of being under the influence.
As a result of the investigation, Cudney was taken into custody and booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The pedestrian’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s office.
This is an ongoing investigation and any further details will be released when they are available. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Officer Linfoot at 707-441-4060.