56-Year-Old Eureka Man Killed in Crash Last Night

Fatal crash iconPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 04-03-2018, at approximately 2339 hours, a 56 year old male was driving a 2001 Porsche westbound on S/R 299, west of the Mad River Bridge. The driver allowed the vehicle to travel off the north roadway edge, where it rolled over, causing the driver to be ejected. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the driver deceased. It was determined that the driver was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the collision. The Humboldt County Coroner responded to the scene and transported the deceased driver from the scene. Identification of the driver is pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol or drugs as factors in this collision remains under investigation.

This collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol and anyone with information related to this collision is encouraged to call the Humboldt Area CHP office at 707-822-5981.

  • Laytonville Rock


  • Kym, do you happen to know how many traffic fatalities have occurred in the county since January 1? It seems like there’s at least one per week now.

  • No seat belt. So sad.

  • Is there an update to this story?

  • Have they updated the identity of the man who died?

  • Scott E. Messer

    I was there that night, looking on from Boyd Road. The man who died was thrown over 300 feet from where the Porche he was driving, struck a concrete drainage abutment. The car did a couple of horizontal flips, ejecting the driver airborne-well above a 7 1/2.ft. high cyclone fence and landing about 60-80 ft. inside the yard/gravel parking lot of Trinity Diesel.
    To my rough calculations, a human body would have to be going around 130-140mph to travel over 300 ft in the air like that !
    The debris field was over 500ft. in length ! Cal Trans came along about daybreak and dutifully swept the roadways and weed-whacked the entire 1/4 mile stretch. Like erasing a chalk board.
    When they left, it looked as if nothing had happened.

    Well, the CHP didnt seem to do much of an investigation. There was a lot of standing around, staring; head-scratcing.
    I filmed anout 45 minutes of it.
    To me it felt like they were just maybe stereotyping…because it was a black man, late night, excessive speed in a 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera. No skid marks on the pavement.

    We prayed for the man. He probably has children somewhere. Maybe I should apologise for editorializing so much here, but thats my story and Im stickin’ to it.

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