Fatal Crash on Fernbridge Drive Early This Morning

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Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 01-30-2021, at approximately 1:13 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP received a report of a head on collision on Fernbridge Dr., north of the Finch Creek Rd. under-crossing. A preliminary investigation by CHP determined that a 2006 Honda Civic, being driven by 25 year old Tiannah Ruvalcaba of Phillipsville, CA, was traveling northbound on Fernbridge Dr., north of the Finch Creek Rd. under-crossing. A 1988 Ford Mustang was traveling southbound on Fernbridge Dr., approaching the Honda Civic. For unknown reasons, one of the vehicles crossed over the broken yellow line separating the lanes, and the vehicles collided head-on. The driver of the Mustang suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel on scene. Ms. Ruvalcaba also suffered major injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital.

Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in this collision and Ms. Ruvalcaba was placed under arrest for Misdemeanor DUI charges related to the collision. She was subsequently released to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The CHP Humboldt Area office is continuing to investigate this collision and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to [email protected]

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Just me
Just me
1 year ago

Fernbridge Drive. There is no Ferndale Drive. 😉

Drive that stretch every day… no where to go if something goes awry. My deepest condolences

Gomer
Gomer
1 year ago

I’m disgusted by the amount of casual drunk driving that goes on.

They think they are such good drivers that they won’t crash. But what about what another driver makes a minor mistake and you can’t react to avoid an accident?

Now someone’s dead. Sober up, people!

Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger
1 year ago
Reply to  Gomer

You got it, just one puff, just a couple xanax , its all good. Keep popping them meds and hitting the road.

Buster
Buster
1 year ago
Reply to  Lone Ranger

Thanks for eluding to the fact that “driving under the influence” does not have to involve alcohol. So many of the comments below draw an assumption that DUI means excessive alcohol consumption.

I’ve seen people sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in the parking lot of a grocery store smoking a joint like it’s a cigarette.

I’m convinced that there are a lot of people driving around the Eureka/Arcata/McKinleyville area that are flying high on meth.
And then there’s heroin…

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

Well when cops say alcohol is a factor .and they arrested her for dui .I think they might of took a test to see if she was using alcohol. In every news article they say she was drunk hopefully She lives so she can get what she deserves . I’m not God and I shouldn’t judge . But she took a young life for no reason . Because she wanted to drink and drive.

HumboldtNative
HumboldtNative
1 year ago
Reply to  Gomer

This was somebodies Son, Brother, Grandson, nephew, friend who was very much loved. Like all of you haters have lived completely perfect lives. Don’t think so. Sadly he paid with his life.

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  HumboldtNative

I feel the same way . I am the mother of the other driver.boy I could go on. I cant find out what’s happening to her.my son and they wont help me

Alf
Alf
1 year ago

Likely too much drinking at the casino. Horrible driving there all the time, but more often closer to the northbound onramp.

North west
North west
1 year ago

Same ole haters, but y’all have a different subject to hate on now.
You don’t know if alcohol or donald Biden has anything to do with this tragedy

Neil
Neil
1 year ago
Reply to  North west

North West, if they arrested her for dui it is a good assumption alcohol was a factor.

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  Neil

That’s for sure!

Humboldt Lady
Humboldt Lady
1 year ago
Reply to  North west

You must be confused, or you just failed to read the article. “Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in this collision and Ms. Ruvalcaba was placed under arrest for Misdemeanor DUI charges related to the collision.” Bringing politics into this tragedy is absurd.

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  Humboldt Lady

They arrested her for dui. Driving under the influence do you know what that means.

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago
Reply to  North west

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  North west

Thanks for the condolences

Gmapat
Gmapat
1 year ago

Yes

Brokenheart
Brokenheart
1 year ago

From a close friend of the person that was killed, and out of respect for the family of both involved please keep negative opinions off the internet. People made mistakes yes, but unless you know what happened please do not assume. Both families were given devastating news today, last thing they need is for their loved one to be bashed online and read it.

Jessica
Jessica
1 year ago
Reply to  Brokenheart

My family is very close with Tiannah and yesterday was one of the worst days of all of our lives. So please everyone try to be respectful and have some compassion

I like stars
I like stars
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica

What would be respectful and compassionate would be to not take negligent actions that kill other people.

Anon
Anon
1 year ago
Reply to  I like stars

Honestly.
To be clear.

Picking up decaf chai, or fat-free half-and-half are “mistakes.” And in some instances downright tragedies.

But to minimize intentionally ingesting a significant quantity of alcohol (doesn’t take that much to deem you impaired) and jumping behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle as “people made mistakes” is a laughable, pathetic reflection on your character. Please don’t insult our collective intelligence.

Additional snickers to be had at “keep negative opinions off the internet.” It’s the internet. No one (really) cares . And its reputation as a dumping ground for vitriol (my own included) is unphazed by your request.

Best to just look away
And within .

Brokenheart
Brokenheart
1 year ago
Reply to  I like stars

You should probably let them determine whos at fault before you bash her. Yes she survived and the other did not, that does not mean she was at fault! One of my nest friends died yesterday, but until we know the facts, do not assume. I feel bad for her, she is going to be bashed on here and in life forever along with her own guilt she will feel and we dont even know the specifications yet. So everyone needs to have a little compassion for all involved.

Jessica
Jessica
1 year ago
Reply to  Brokenheart

Im very sorry for your loss. The fact that you can be that understanding with what you are going through is truly amazing. My heart goes out to you and the friends and families of everyone involved.
I truly hope that everyone can learn from this just how much the decision to drink and drive can take from us.

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica

Nothing changes the fact that my son is dead and I will never be able to see him again. Or unsee what I saw

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  I like stars

That’s for sure!

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica

I’m the mother of the man she killed. You have no idea how I feel

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim lourenzo

Kim 30 years ago my baby die .I do know how you fill it may have been 30 years ago but it was like yesterday. One thing I think about when I think of him is that god takes the good ones .and I knew your son very well .I loved him. He was a good kid with a kind heart I will never forget him .so when you fill down think he doesn’t want you feeling bad he wants you to be happy. Just remember hug your other son and tell him you love him and this goes out to everyone because you never now when it will be the last time you see them.hes a piece now .

Pissed off
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica

I’m very close to the death deceased family. So what now.

Not god
Not god
1 year ago
Reply to  Pissed off

This is childish grow up…..

Mom
Mom
1 year ago
Reply to  Jessica

Totally understand wanting the compassion .at least tiannah is still alive. My son isn’t. So don’t be huffy and high and mighty. Nothing g will change what happened. None of this.

HumboldtNative
HumboldtNative
1 year ago
Reply to  Brokenheart

❤️. Brokenheart…Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment,

Brokenheart
Brokenheart
1 year ago
Reply to  HumboldtNative

Your welcome, my heart goes out to her and her family as well.

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Brokenheart

Thank you

New day same old stuff
New day same old stuff
1 year ago

I’m old enough to remember the days before the sobriety checkpoints. As I recall the information at the time determined by analyzing traffic stops and arrest records that at anytime on any road in North America:
1. One in five people behind the wheel right now had a 1 oz or greater drink of alcohol within the past 45 minutes.
2. One in ten people behind the wheel right now are legally drunk.
And….
3. One in fifty people behind the wheel right now are too drunk to walk!

So yeah, seat belts, head lights on, and DON’T trust ANY other drivers especially near the darn casino!

Brokenheart
Brokenheart
1 year ago

Very well said and true. Thank you

Guest
Guest
1 year ago

Anyone know what color mustang?

JC707
JC707
1 year ago
Reply to  Guest

It was red, the person who passed in the accident was a good friend of mine. He was like a brother to me. This all seems so surreal!

Brokenheart
Brokenheart
1 year ago
Reply to  Guest

It was an 88 ford mustang. Red.

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Brokenheart

Yes

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Guest

Red

Native Mom
Native Mom
1 year ago

I feel sorry for both people !!!
For what ever reasons No One Wins Here …. No One!!!! Somebody lost a loved one. And to the person driving has years of remembering what she caused!!!
But of course people are keyboard warriors and just say mean & hateful things… I understand that , but to just keep running your mouth is plain stupid , it don’t change the outcome!!!! Just pray for forgiveness

Humboldt Lady
Humboldt Lady
1 year ago
Reply to  Native Mom

No where does it say she was at fault. One of the cars crossed over. Does not make it her fault. This was a young man I have known for 20 years that passed. But before we know the facts we can’t blame her. She wasn’t drunk or this would of been a felony DUI.

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Humboldt Lady

Well it wasnt your loss now was it.you didnt know him as well as I did.anyway shut up keep your crappy comments off here and I bet you your wrong . He had a straight road . I’m tired of all u high and mighty people you o viously didnt know him that well and really dixnt know who he was. He has went through alot ,learned what he wanted out of life and waS the best damn driver u ever saW. Do me a favor dont come to is funeral.be o obviously never needed u as a friend .no where does it s ay it his fault. U r no friend

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Humboldt Lady

Your statement is uneducated

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  Native Mom

Well it wasnt your loss now was it.you didnt know him as well as I did.anyway shut up keep your crappy comments off here and I bet you your wrong . He had a straight road . I’m tired of all u high and mighty people you o viously didnt know him that well and really dixnt know who he was. He has went through alot ,learned what he wanted out of life and waS the best damn driver u ever saW. Do me a favor dont come to is funeral.be o obviously never needed u as a friend

U know
1 year ago

The thing that we all know is that our buddy that didn’t make it love to drive fast he was a very good dude but im willing to bet it was his fault she just lived and he didn’t he had a couple of bad years lately and him self was know to drink and drive and thats the reason all his friends on here are saying lets don’t bash her

Kim nll lourenzo
Kim nll lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  U know

Well it wasnt your loss now was it.you didnt know him as well as I did.anyway shut up keep your crappy comments off here and I bet you your wrong . He had a straight road . I’m tired of all u high and mighty people you o viously didnt know him that well and really dixnt know who he was. He has went through alot ,learned what he wanted out of life and waS the best damn driver u ever saW. Do me a favor dont come to is funeral.be o obviously never needed u as a friend

Kim lourenzo-yackamouih
Kim lourenzo-yackamouih
1 year ago

Thank you

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago
Reply to  U know

You could do us Ll a favor and keep your smart ass comment to yourself.obviosly not a friend

Humboldtdude
Humboldtdude
1 year ago

I don’t think you know the surviving party then. But glad ur opinion is public. *uknow*

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago

You know this doesn’t do anyone any good. The good or the bad comments and it tends to just make me angry.i will never be able to hug or talk to my son again. He battled with cancer twice himself and lost the love of his life to cancer. For him to conquer all that and know what he wanted out of life was simply amazing. He was one of the best people you would ever meet. Anyway I’m terribly hurt but beingmezn to tiannah doesnt help. Although I can never forgive her for taking my son from me. Just hope better choices will be made in the future

Kim lourenzo
Kim lourenzo
1 year ago

Tiannah none of this does anyone any good. It is and was an accident and nothing will change that. As I am his mother I will always feel the loss. We all take our chance driving on the road anything can happen. I am sorry for all the bad things said to you.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim lourenzo

I’m sorry Kim. I don’t know you or your son. I just happened to read his obituary today and did a little research. I can see that he must have been an amazing person and judging by your last comment he must have gotten some of that from you. My condolences to you and your family. It seems there aren’t a lot of people with hearts like yours left in this world.