A Second Hit and Run Collision Occurred on Thursday Evening

Hit and run

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The fatal hit and run that likely occurred on Thursday about 7 p.m. was not the only hit and run on that night and that time, according to Arcata Police.

Sgt. Keith Altizer confirmed that on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., a woman was struck by a vehicle on I Street near Samoa Boulevard in Arcata. The 34-year-old woman received minor injuries from a vehicle that quickly fled the collision scene, he explained.

“It looks like someone failed to yield to someone in the crosswalk,” Altizer explained.

Before “the suspect fled the scene in the vehicle,…the driver had a brief conversation with one of the witnesses,” he reported. “He was a white, male adult, mid twenties to thirties, heavy build with facial hair…We believe [the car] is a mid 90’s to early 2000’s Nissan 4 door tan or greyish.”

If you have any information, please contact Arcata Police at (707) 822-2428.



  • As a vision impaired senior, I’m always concerned at crosswalk as the driver is looking left (oncoming traffic) while I proceed from the right.Despite the white pedestrian blinking light,every driver seems to be in Christmas rush?

  • The frequency of hit & run around here is crazy.

  • People drive just as crazy fast around here whether or not it’s raining or dark or both. A little more courtesy in driving would save a lot of pain and injury.

    They might consider adding more lighting, more reflective coatings for some of the road markings or crosswalks and maybe a sign near the crosswalks that say something like pedestrian crossing, as a sort of a more heads up for the more reckless drivers.

  • I have lived here for almost 2 years now, I am retired and don’t drive too much anymore, but, and it is a big butt, I have had more people step out in front of my white Toyota Tundra without looking in those 2 years than all tolled in the 40 years I commuted 1 to 2 hours across Los Angeles. Pedestrians are quite oblivious to their surroundings here and expect drivers to be able to see them, often dressed in black, as they leap willy nilly off of the curbs mid block. 2 weeks ago as I came into Eureka from Manila, a group of homeless were walking North through the parking lot at the corner of 4th and the 255 and I was just approaching 4th in the right turn lane going, thankfully ,about 10 miles an hour and a 40ish fellow on a Stingray type bicycle, without a banana seat, looking away from me comes off the curb, 50 feet shy of the crosswalk, 15 feet in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and swerved left and missed him. I see people walking through Winco parking lot completely oblivious while they are texting all the time. It is not just homeless, a lot of folks just are in their own worlds not looking around at all. I am of the opinion that pedestrians should be almost as concerned for their own safety as drivers are, maybe even more.

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