California Highway Patrol release: 

On 09/30/2020 at approximately 5:30 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP received a request from the Eureka Police Department (EPD) to assist in locating a tan Jeep Cherokee for a welfare check on the driver, Timothy McTague, Sr. At approximately 7:10 AM, the vehicle was located at the scene of a collision in the driveway of a residence on Herrick Ave., east of Pinecrest Ct. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and determined that Mr. McTague had suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and subsequently notified next of kin.

A preliminary investigation by CHP has revealed that Mr. McTague was driving his Jeep Cherokee east on Herrick Ave., east of Pinecrest Ct. at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, Mr. McTague allowed the Jeep to travel off the south roadway edge and into the driveway of 320 Herrick Ave., where it collided with a parked Dodge Ram pickup and a trailer. The force of the impact pushed the trailer through a fence and partially into the backyard of the residence.

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