DUI a Factor in Legget Fatal Accident, Says CHP

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:

CHP California Highway Patrol BlurOn Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at approximately 6:00 PM, A 2001 GMC Yukon with three male occupants was traveling southbound on SR-271, approaching mile post marker 2.04, in Mendocino County. For reasons still under investigation, the Yukon briefly drifted off the west roadway edge. The driver over-corrected causing the Yukon to overturn multiple times.

The [41-year-old] driver and front passenger were ejected as the vehicle overturned. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both passengers [Rudy Arias and Paul Coleman] suffered major injuries and were transported to Howard Memorial Hospital. Due to one of the passengers extensive injuries, he was flown to Santa Rosa to receive further care. The identity of the deceased is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Agencies on scene were Cal Fire, Laytonville Ambulance, Veri-health, Leggett Volunteer Ambulance, Cal-Trans, and CHP

The collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. It is believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the cause of this collision.

Earlier Chapter: Hwy 271 Closed Due to Fatal Accident



  • Saying prayers for all of you.hang in there.

  • You are so nice g ma I always enjoy your comments good mourning kym

  • OH NO!! Not again!! Prayers to all the families and friends !! PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE FOLKS!!

  • So sad to see another DUI accident. Praying for the family and for a quick recovery of the survivors.

  • Anyone who knows could you at least give me some initials of the fatality? The age, location and vehicle type are all very similar to a very dear friend. Worried sick.

  • Are you able to say the name of the man who died?

    • sharpen your pencil

      Obviously not. They are trying to show some respect to the family, and notify them before it gets blasted all over social media. I suggest you do the same. The name will come out when it comes out! Hope the victims have a speedy recovery, and are able to learn a very important lesson about drinking and driving/riding. Too many people in the community doing this kind of stuff, lives should be worth MORE than this people. DUI is not cool, or necessary, and is ALWAYS preventable!

  • Live fast, die!
    This what happens when you drink and drive or ride along with a drunk.
    Sad ! R.I.P.
    The triangle is plagued by these weekly occurences.
    People just can’t stay away from alcohol, keep on drinking because what else would there be to do?

  • Concerned individual

    Do you know that one of the individuals named in this article is a minor? Chp report or not people should do their research before letting out such information.

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