Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Collision Near Garberville Identified

CHP Feature FatalityPress release from the California Highway Patrol:

On February 25, 2017 at approximately 1307 hours, a 2001 Subaru Outback driven by 20 year old Guthrie Hayward was traveling northbound on US-101 at approximately 65 MPH, approaching the Redwood Drive Overcrossing. Suddenly, a male pedestrian identified as 32 year old Travis Rothwell ran from the east across US-101 directly into the path of the Subaru. Hayward took evasive action to the left but was unable to avoid striking Rothwell who continued his westerly movement across US-101. Rothwell sustained major injuries which he succumbed to at the scene.

The northbound lanes of US-101 were closed for approximately 2.5 hours due to the collision. Northbound traffic was diverted off US-101 at Garberville.

Alcohol and or drug impairment is under investigation as a factor in this collision which is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol- Garberville Area.



  • Sad. I had a friend kill a person on a highway in Florida because they ran across the highway. It really tore him up. The deceased parents fully understood it was an accident and contacted him to tell them it wasn’t his fault. It didn’t matter, he is still deeply affected by it.
    Doing mouth to mouth on the side of the highway is his recurring dream.
    Condolences to all

  • Sad for the driver. What a nightmare.

  • I know the family of the deceased. What a tragedy

  • According to the CHP, impairment may be a factor…driver or the deceased ?

  • Travis was a Good friend make me sad to hear this happened. Thoughts and Prayers for all involved. .
    Be Blessed with much Love

  • Travis was a great person and a loyal friend. IV moved away and can not be there for my friends and it kills me. He was a good friend a loving father and loved boyfriend. Grace, u keep your head up kiddo. Ok. I love you. And Travis, just know u were loved by many and always will be. Ur at rest handsome. I will always miss ur face. Xoxo’s

  • Wow so sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. You guys were always great people. So sad to have read this. Rest in peace Travis, you were always a great kid. To the rest of the family always remember to keep your heads up, and you are all so strong. God bless you all.

  • It is nice to see so many kind comments. This is a tragedy for all involved. Travis was a nice guy with a loving local family. He will be missed by all who knew him well.

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