UPDATE, 12:31 p.m.: According to CHP, the passenger who sustained fatal injuries in this traffic collision is 25 year old Weston Edward Morris-Broussard of Fortuna, California. -AG
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CHP Press Release:
On 12/16/2013, at approximately 0208 hours, Mr. Michael Horn was driving a 2002 Subaru southbound on Ronald Avenue. Due to Mr. Horns level of intoxication, Mr. Horn failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection with Drake Hill Road. The Subaru traveled through the intersection and collided head-on into a dirt embankment on the south shoulder of Drake Hill Road. The right rear passenger, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two other passengers, Julia Ralsten and Ashley Humphrey also suffered major injuries and are currently both in critical condition. Occupant restraint usage and air bag deployment are being investigated. Mr. Horn was arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, and was subsequently booked into the Humboldt County Jail. Officer Hindley #15771 is investigating the collision. Ronald Avenue and Drake Hill Road were open to controlled traffic and was closed for approximately 20 minutes during vehicle recovery.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The identity of the deceased passenger is being withheld pending family notifications.
The California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Emergency personnel from Fortuna Fire Department, Fortuna Police Department, and the Humboldt County Coroner’s responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.