UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: The California Highway Patrol confirms that Ramiro Melecio has passed:
The Humboldt Area office is saddened to inform you the young 20 year old; Ramiro Melecio had succumbed to his injuries sustained in the traffic collision. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family, friends and the community.
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Original Post: California Highway Patrol press release:
On the afternoon of Monday, November 21, the driver of a Saab drove off SR-299 and sustained major injuries.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., 20 year old Ramiro Melecio of McKinleyville was driving a 1999 Saab 4-door sedan eastbound on SR-299, east of Titlow Hill Road at an unknown speed. For reasons still under investigation Melecio failed to negotiate a left hand turn. Melecio’s vehicle veered off the roadway where the Saab collided into two trees. Melecio suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was ultimately transported to St. Joseph Hospital for medical treatment.
DUI is not believed to be a contributing factor in this collision.