UPDATE, 8/10: The California Highway Patrol has notified next of kin and now identifies the pedestrian struck and killed in this case as Raymond Severns, 29, of Eureka.
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Original Post: CHP press release:
Mr. Perez was driving southbound on US-101, north of Herrick Ave., at about 50 MPH. It appears that a male pedestrian ran directly in front of him from his left. Mr. Perez braked, and attempted to avoid the pedestrian, but he was unable to do so. The front of his vehicle struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to St. Joesph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The pedestrian is pending positive identification from the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office and subsequent notification of next of kin.
Mr. Perez was uninjured. He was determined not to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The pedestrian’s level of alcohol or drug impairment, if any, is pending a toxicological screening.
Anyone with any information regarding this collision is requested to contact the Humboldt Area Office of the CHP.