Blue Lake Man Dead in Fatal Mendocino County Accident; 8-Year-Old Seriously Injured

Traffic backed up around the accident scene

Traffic backed up around the accident scene. [Photo by Joe Rial]

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On August 3, 2018, at approximately 1630 hours, a 1997 Honda Accord station wagon, being driven by Gannon Rogers of Blue Lake, was traveling southbound US-101, just south of mile post marker 80.99, within Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the Honda traveled off the west roadway edge and continued in a southwesterly direction down a steep embankment, where the front of the Honda collided with a large tree. After the collision with the tree, the Honda came to rest on its wheels, facing a southeasterly direction, within the Rattlesnake Creek bed. As a result of the collision, Roger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 8 year old male passenger became trapped within the vehicle and was extracted by emergency personnel. The juvenile was transported to the US-101 Empire Rest Area and flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The juvenile was later transported to Oakland Children Hospital.

This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville Area CHP office.  The driver’s sobriety at the time of the collision is still under investigation.

If anyone witnessed the actual collision or has information regarding this collision, please contact the Garberville CHP Area office at (707)923-2155.

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  • Oh dear, so sad. RIP and hoping for the child’s recovery.

  • I am B’s grandmother and would like to make it perfectly clear that I DO NOT believe that Gannon was under the influence of ANY substance nor do I believe that he is in ANY way responsible for this tragic accident. I strongly believe that there is a physiological explanation for the accident and this was made clear to the investigation officer.

    Considering that the autopsy results will not be available for two months and the toxicology report for three months nor has the automobile been examined, I feel that it is misleading and prejudicial for the investigating officer to publish findings that cast aspersions on Gannon’s sobriety.

    • My condolences to you and your family. Prayers for your grandson.💕

    • Our deepest condolences for your loss and our prayers that your grandson will heal perfectly and rapidly in the name of Jesus Christ amen

    • i am so sorry that this happened to your family.

    • Things that make you go hmm

      I am so very sorry, words do not convey my heart. You seem like a very wise and noble woman who has an extremely close knit family. May you be blessed with comfort in one another and God Speed little one…

    • I don’t think that the report said he was drunk. In every report those words seem to used rountinely when the police are unclear as to the reason for the crash. Maybe they shouldn’t do that.

      • The problem is that they sometimes announce “drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor” to the media soon after an incident. Leads to sometimes unwarranted speculation.

    • Thank you Paula! There are so many possibilities that can lead to an auto accident. Not sure why they had to question sobriety. He could have been avoiding an animal or another vehicle. Or had an issue with a tire. We just don’t know at this point.
      Thoughts and prayers coming to you and your family.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that the young boy will make a complete recovery.

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