The Humboldt County Coroners Office has released the names of the four people that died in yesterday’s accident on Highway 36:

  • Daniel Morris, age 40
  • Alicia Summerfield, age 32
  • Savanna Ramirez, age 20
  • Judy Martin, age 13

Wheeler is reportedly Summerfield’s daughter. Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton told the Times-Standard that all of the deceased died from blunt force trauma and that identifying them was difficult — they were returning from Ruth Lake and were all only wearing swimsuits and carrying no identification.

Read more at the T-S here.   

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UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol weighs in with more details, including the names of the others injured:

The four occupants that received fatal injuries are 40 year old Daniel Lentz Ole Morris (restrained in the driver seat), 33 year old Alisha Marie Summerfield (seated unrestrained in the right front passenger seat), 13 year old Judith Maxine Martin (seated unrestrained in the rear truck bed), and 20 year old Savanna Nicole Line Ramirez (seated unrestrained in the rear truck bed).  Each of the fatal victims recently resided in the Fortuna area.

The four occupants that sustained injuries are 15 year old Thomas M. Wheeler of Fortuna, 15 year old Miss Taylor M. Wheeler of Fortuna, 15 year old Faith Nadine Anderson of Scotia, and 21 year old Christopher Douglas Spencer of Fortuna.  Each of these injured occupants are listed as in critical, but stable condition.  After initially being transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Thomas and Taylor Wheeler, twin siblings, were transported by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.  Faith Anderson and Christopher Spencer were transported by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Summerfield was the mother of Judith Martin, and Thomas and Taylor Wheeler.

DUI as a collision factor remains under investigation pending a toxicology report from the Humboldt County Coroner’s office.

The Hospice of Humboldt Grief Support Services is offering grief counseling to any friends, family, or community members effected by this tragic incident.  The Grief Support Services hotline is (707) 445-8443.

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