Camaro Crash Which Caught Fire Near Miranda Believed to Involve Excessive Speed and Possible DUI, According to CHP
Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department reports that
two deputies in marked patrol cars were parked alongside Highway 254 near the Miranda Market. While parked, deputies observed a Chevrolet Camaro pass by their location at approximately 80 miles per hour. By the time deputies were able to merge safely into traffic to follow the vehicle, the vehicle was already out of [sight]. Our deputies activated their emergency lights in an attempt to catch up with the vehicle, however as the deputy rounded a corner in the road, he found the Camaro overturned against the eastern embankment…[Note that this was not a pursuit, rather the deputies were just trying to get the Camaro back into their line of sight to then do a vehicle stop.]
Wunderlich said the incident occurred about .4 miles south of Miranda near June Lane. He explained that it is believed that Toborg “went into a curve, traveled across the northbound lane,…allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway,…hit the embankment and overturned.”
The vehicle caught on fire, according to Karges, but deputies were able to pull the driver to safety.
Wunderlich explained that Toborg “was transported by City Ambulance of Eureka to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The cause is still under investigation but the use of alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor… He was arrested for DUI but was released to the hospital for care of his injuries.”