California Highway Patrol press release:
On Sunday, January 1, 2017, a 1995 GMC Sierra was traveling on Mountain View Road, when it left the roadway causing the vehicle to roll.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., a 1995 GMC Sierra, driven by, a 52 year old man, of Eureka, travelled off of the roadway and rolled down the embankment. As a result of this collision, the driver of the GMC was partially ejected and sustained fatal injuries. A passenger in the GMC sustained minor injuries and was able to walk several miles to call for emergency assistance. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is the lead investigating agency in this traffic collision.
The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorists that seatbelts save lives and prevent injuries. Do not put your own life at risk, or the life of your family or friends. Please buckle up.