McKinleyville man whose passenger died in a car wreck March 23 near
Trinidad has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving
under the influence.
Victor Manuel Herrera, 26, was arraigned this week on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs and driving without a license.
Three days after his arrest Herrera posted $100,000 bail and was released from Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He remains out of custody, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 19.
The California Highway Patrol says Herrera was behind the wheel of a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado when the car went over a bank on Highway 101 near Trinidad. The SUV landed in a creek. Herrera’s passenger, 25-year-old Orick resident Glen Anthony Roe Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to an obituary published by his family, Roe Jr. was a lifelong Orick resident who graduated from McKinleyville High School. He leaves behind his father, brothers and other family members.
At the time of the fatal accident, Herrera was on probation for a 2015 assault and battery conviction. An arrest warrant was issued when he didn’t show up for a court appearance on Jan. 27, but he had not been arrested on the warrant.