Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 09/18/2020 at approximately 12:26 PM, the Humboldt Area CHP received a call of a head-on collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle on Walnut Drive near Greenbriar Lane, in Cutten.

Upon CHP arrival it was determined that a 2007 Kymco Motorcycle, being driven by 29 year old Trista Poletski of Eureka, had been traveling northbound on Walnut Dr., south of Greenbriar Ln., at approximately 40-45 MPH.

A 2007 Dodge Nitro, driven by 46 year old Terri Welch of Eureka, was traveling southbound on Walnut Dr. at approximately 40 MPH. For unknown reasons, Ms. Poletski allowed the motorcycle to travel into the southbound lane where she collided with the front of the Dodge Nitro.

Emergency medical personnel responded and provided life saving efforts for Ms. Poletski. However, Ms. Poletski suffered major injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s office responded to the scene and provided notification to the next of kin.

The CHP Humboldt Area Office is continuing to investigate this collision and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to