Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

On 10/23/2022, at approximately 7:42 PM, the CHP Humboldt Communication Center (HCC) received a call of a vehicle versus bicyclist traffic crash on US-101 Northbound, south of Herrick Avenue. Based on CHP’s preliminary investigation, it appears this crash occurred when a bicyclist was struck within the #1 lane by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 29-year-old Colton Daniels of Eureka. The bicyclist, 51-year-old Donald Ferguson of Rio Dell, received fatal injuries as a result of this crash.

Impairment is not considered to be a factor in the driving of the vehicle. Impairment of the bicyclist 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 #1 lane of northbound US-101 was closed for approximately two hours to allow for the safe investigation of this crash. 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: Humboldt Bay Fire, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt Towing.