Recovery of Deceased 19-Year-Old Ongoing After Fatal Traffic Collision

Fatal crash iconPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On October 5, 2018 at 1739 hours, Humboldt CHP Dispatch was advised of a traffic collision which occurred on SR-96 near the Humboldt/Siskiyou County line. The reporting party, 17 year old Rocky Robins of Willow Creek, advised he was a passenger in a vehicle which went over a cliff sometime between 230 AM and 5 AM. Robins indicated he was ejected from the vehicle and later made his way up to SR-96 where he obtained a ride from a passer by. Humboldt CHP Officers responded and the collision scene was located at Mile Post Marker (MPM) 43.43, approximately 1.6 miles south of the Humboldt/Siskiyou County line near Ikes Falls.

Emergency rescue personnel responded to the scene and located a deceased male outside of the vehicle, approximately 100′ from the Klamath River. Due to the steep terrain, remote location, rain and darkness emergency rescue personnel were unable to recover the deceased party.

CHP Officers remained on scene and on 10-06-2018, at approximately 8 AM, personnel with the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department (97-71 Rescue) launched a boat to assist in the recovery. The recovery of both the deceased party, and the vehicle, are ongoing at the time of this press release.

The deceased party’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this collision and working to confirm which party was the driver of the Honda at the time of the collision.

The CHP would like to remind motorists that with the transition into Fall, adverse weather conditions can be expected. Please allow additional travel time for trips. Please be aware that due to recent fires, rocks and other debris may suddenly appear in the roadway. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Road Conditions Hotline is always available for motorists to check the status of road conditions before they travel. Call 1-800-427-ROAD (1-800-427-7623) to check those conditions.



  • The beauty of this area is balanced by the danger. Rest in peace and condolences to the family.

  • Please, Everyone , practice Safe Driving .
    Drive for the appropriate weather conditions. This is tragic . My heart feels for the family.

  • He was not the passenger that fucking liar he was the driver and he left my son down there be went home and sleep ok half a day while my son was laying. Down there and he knew it

  • It also says he was the reporting party, which also isn’t true. It was the deceased mans mother who called. And working to confirm which party was the driver! What! this kid doesn’t know if he or the person he killed was driving, well the kid living picked my little cousin in that car, then left him there for hours after he drove him off the road. And maybe, just maybe he should have been detained and had a toxicology report done on him.

  • If that’s true Codie. Thats some pretty chicken shit stuff there. I would never do that toa friend or family member. Sorry for your lose. That’s way too young to go. To the one who survived, grow some balls and tell the truth or this will forever haunt you….

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