California Highway Patrol press release:
On January 13, 2015, at approximately 2000 hours, a 1995 Nissan Frontier SUV, driven by 29 year old Melissa Jean Munsell of Myers Flat, CA, was traveling north on US-101, north of Weott. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan made an unsafe turning movement to the right and traveled off the east roadway edge. The Nissan continued traveling in a northeasterly direction until it collided head-on with a tree located east of the east roadway edge.
The driver of the Nissan SUV suffered major injuries as a result of the collision. The passenger of the Nissan SUV suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. The name of the passenger is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
California Highway Patrol, Cal-Fire and the Myers Flat Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol - Garberville Area.
Drug impairment does appear to be a factor in this collision. The passenger of Nissan SUV was not properly safety belted at the time of the collision.
Previously: Fatal Accident North of Weott on 101