Arcata PD on Yesterday’s West End Road Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision

Hank Sims / Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m.

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From the Arcata Police Department:

On 4/4/2013 at about 4:16 pm, the Arcata Police Department was notified of a traffic collision that had just occurred in the 4700 block ofWest End Road.

Upon their arrival, officers found the victim pedestrian, identified as Jeremy Vadakin, age 37 of Eureka, on the ground on the east side of the roadway suffering from major injuries. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jeremy Sells, age 19 of Arcata, was also still at the scene.

For unknown reasons, Sells’ vehicle drifted to the right side of the roadway, striking Vadakin from behind. It is estimated that Sells’ vehicle was travelling 35-40 mph when it struck Vadakin.

After striking Vadakin, Sells lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree along the east side of West End Road. Sells’ father and younger brother were passengers in the vehicle. All three sustained minor injuries which did not require medical attention.

Vadakin was transported by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital. He was transferred from Mad River Community Hospital to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka for further treatment of his injuries. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.

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