[UPDATE: 9:26 a.m. Victim Identified] Pedestrian Dead; Man Arrested for Manslaughter and Drunk Driving

Photo by Bobby Kroeker]

Law enforcement questions driver of the vehicle. [Photo by Bobby Kroeker]

Yesterday evening, a 55-year-old man died after he was hit by a vehicle in Arcata. The driver of the vehicle was arrested. (See earlier story here plus photos and an interview with a witness here.) Below is this morning’s press release from the Arcata Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On September 4, 2016 at about 7:15 PM, the Arcata Police Department received a 9-1-1 telephone call regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of 14th Street and H Street.

Upon APD’s arrival, a 55 year-old male pedestrian was located on H Street with injuries sustained as a result of being stuck by a vehicle. Life-saving efforts were attempted, but the male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The motor vehicle involved in the collision with the pedestrian was located parked on H Street. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Robert Willard Bergeson III, 24 years old of Arcata. Bergeson was determined to be under the influence of alcoholic and was arrested.

The identity of the victim will be release by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office once next of kin notifications have been made.

Bergeson was booked into the Humboldt County Jail for the following violations:

  1. Penal Code 191.5(a) Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated
  2. Vehicle Code 23153(a)(b) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Causing injury.

The traffic collision is under investigation and anyone that may have witnessed the collision or has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428.

UPDATE 9:26 a.m.: The Times Standard tweets,

Earlier Chapter: [UPDATE 9:15 p.m. Interview With Witness] One Pedestrian Dead in Arcata



  • Worst case scenario for killing someone while drunk behind the wheel in humboldt= probation. This idiot isn’t sweating it at all

    • Well technically he is. He stuck around… Which of course he should have, so now he will have the the big charges stick. You only get the slaps on the wrist when you run. Unfortunately around here it’s the most common thing to do.

    • Right about now he’s wondering who Marci Kitchen’s attorney is.

      • haha pretty good one, I really did chuckle. Like seriously though WTF is happening with that? I mean why isn’t her face plastered all over the humboldt’s most wanted list. She murdered her own daughter and her daughters friend.

        • I’m just as outraged as you, a lot of people are. So, if you can positively identify her as the driver, she would probably be in jail this afternoon.

          Maybe the FBI can lend the local cops a hand. I wonder if they have asked for help. There must be a way to charge somebody with the death of those two kids.

          • I just cannot comprehend HOW the mom 1) hasn’t come forward and just faced the fucking music, and 2) IF (and that’s a huge IF) she was not the driver, HOW in the absolute hell does she go on covering this up?!!?!!?
            Both presumed parties to the girls’ deaths are absolutely the lowest of low. As are the folks hiding them. Despicable.
            Hiding after killing two kids. They are cowards. Agree on the Feds. Humboldt needs them not for just the Kitchen/Tsarnes deaths, but for the chaotic state we are in. Maybe John Walsh too…

  • WOW. So sad. Much love to the victims family.

  • So all of these DUI checkpoints didn’t help squat. Why not just spend all of that money on a bridge/crosswalk on every qualifying street maybe. Dude looks in his 40’s? 24 years old? Anyway his life was changed by a few alcoholic drinks and driving afterwards. Damn, this is sad.

  • How terribly sad. 🙁 Blessings to Allan’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  • Common Sense 101 sould be required curriculum!

    How bout start with a lighted crosswalk at Redwood Dr & Church St in Garberville. I fear this section. People have been hit many times by car there, luckily none were fatal, so far. Ive had cars & trucks not notice me and are inches from my body. I did not step out cause i noticed them not paying attention. Most lip the words sorry, by the time they see what they did, but many snicker at you and dont care about pedestrians first. They laugh they almost clipped you with their car or truck. Personally i think the DMV is to lax on licenses. Pedestrians 1st is one of the 1st things u learn but they wont get it until they are old and the new generation cuts their body off with a moving weapon!

  • I would love to see the blood work on this it’s not always just alcohol that makes a person intoxicated. Under the influence could be lots of things couldn’t it around here.

  • Alcohol is a hell of a drug…

    Rip to the victim.

  • Wow An arrest I thought it was ok to run people over in Humboldt.

  • Student season = local fatalities.

  • I went by where those kids died in fortuna… Must be good to be a attractive female who sells everyone’s pot..

    I feel for the family who lost a love one..local cops and judges have made it clear.. drink and drive…

    • STRANGER ~ You are sadly right!!! Drink and Drive….it’s all good here in Humboldt. Our Judges need to be run out of town or sent to jail for not doing their job and still getting paid for it.

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