Eureka Police Department press release:
On 12-14- 2017 at about 5:51 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Harris Street for a vehicle versus pedestrian injury traffic collision.
The pedestrian was transported by City Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The driver of the involved vehicle, identified as Gary Joel Cudney (61 years old of Eureka), was contacted and exhibited objective signs of being under the influence.
As a result of the investigation, Cudney was taken into custody and booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The pedestrian’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s office.
This is an ongoing investigation and any further details will be released when they are available. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Officer Linfoot at 707-441- 4060.