California Highway Patrol press release:
On 05/16/2021, at approximately 1945 hours, the CHP Humboldt Communication Center (HCC) received a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision on Tish Tang Rd., near Airport Rd., in Hoopa. Based on CHP’s preliminary investigation, it appears this collision occurred when Virgil McLaughlin, Jr., of Hoopa, was walking in an unknown direction on Tish Tang Rd. and was struck by a southbound 2019 Nissan Altima being driven by Jerome Pollara, also of Hoopa. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and attempted to render aid to Mr. McLaughlin. However, due to the severity of his injuries, Mr. McLaughlin succumbed to those injuries on scene and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
Impairment is not considered to be a factor in the driving of the vehicle. Impairment of Mr. McLaughlin is unknown at this time and is pending toxicology results by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.
The CHP is continuing to investigate this collision and asks anyone with information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP office at (707) 822-5981.