California Highway Patrol press release: 

On 06/05/2022, at approximately 3:04 AM, the CHP Humboldt Communication Center (HCC) received a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic crash on US-101 Northbound, North of Bayside Cutoff. Based on CHP’s preliminary investigation, it appears this crash occurred when a pedestrian was struck by a 2003 Mercury Mariner, driven by 32-year-old Kayla Guest of McKinleyville. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and rendered aid to the involved parties. Due to the severity, the involved pedestrian succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Impairment is not considered to be a factor in the driving of the vehicle. Impairment of the pedestrian is unknown at this time and is pending toxicology results by the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

The CHP is continuing to investigate this crash and asks anyone with information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP at (707) 822-5981 or the 24-hour dispatch line at (707) 268-2000.

The California Highway Patrol extends its condolences to the family of the deceased and would like to thank the following agencies for their response and assistance with the investigation: Arcata Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Arcata Mad River Ambulance, Cal Poly Humboldt Police Department, California Department of Transportation and J&M Towing.