PREVIOUSLY: FATAL HIGHWAY 101 CRASH: All Lanes Closed South of Laytonville 

The California Highway Patrol has identified 38-year-old Patrick Herbstritt of Laytonville as the person killed as the result of a collision on Highway 101 on Monday. Two of Herbstritt’s children were also in the vehicle and suffered major injuries. More details in the CHP release below:


On March 11, 2019, at approximately 1151 hours, Herbstritt, with two juvenile passengers, was driving a 1998 Saturn Sedan southbound on US-101, north of Shimmins Ridge Road. Francisco Rodriguez was driving a 2011 Freightliner towing an unloaded flatbed trailer northbound on US-101, north of Shimmins Ridge Road. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Saturn lost control of his vehicle, which traveled across the northbound lanes and collided with the guardrail on the east side of US-101. The Saturn continued into the path of the Freightliner and both vehicles collided within the northbound lanes. The driver of Saturn was pronounced deceased at the scene and both juvenile passengers sustained major injuries. The driver of the Freightliner and his passengers did not sustain any injuries.

The cause of this collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

The California Highway Patrol responded and assumed incident command. Personnel from Cal-Fire, Willits Fire, Brooktrails Volunteer Fire Cal-Trans, and City Ambulance assisted with the scene. Mendocino County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.