From the California Highway Patrol:

On 06-07-2018, at approximately 1028 AM, a silver 2004 Honda SUV was traveling northbound on US-101, south of McDonald Creek Rd., at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the vehicle traveled off the west roadway edge, overturned, and collided with a tree. Emergency personnel responded and the driver of the SUV was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, 32 year old Sammy Martin of Belleville, IL, was transported to Mad River Community Hospital with minor injuries.

A dog belonging to the passenger was not injured. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office responded and transported the deceased driver from the scene. One of the two southbound lanes of US-101 at this location was temporarily blocked.

Identification of the driver is pending notification of next of kin by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol and/or drugs as a factor in this collision remains under investigation.

This collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol and anyone with information related to this collision is encouraged to call the Humboldt Area CHP office at 707-822-5981.