From the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Office:

On December 17, 2017, at approximately 11:05 AM, a 1994 Jeep Wrangler was traveling southbound on US-101, north of Valley Drive, in the unincorporated area of Laytonville in Mendocino County.  For reasons still under investigation, the driver (name withheld pending next of kin notification) of the Jeep made an unsafe turn to the left causing the Jeep to travel across the center dividing section of US-101 into the oncoming lanes of traffic.  The Jeep continued traveling in a southeasterly direction onto the northbound roadway shoulder and down a descending grass covered embankment, subsequently colliding into a tree.  The driver of the Jeep sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

There were no passengers in the Jeep at the time of the collision and no other vehicles were involved.  It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.  This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. 

The CHP would like to thank Laytonville Fire Department, Laytonville Cal-Fire and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.