Flowers left at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Foster and Alliance in Arcata. Photo by Andrew Goff.

PREVIOUSLY: Scanner Traffic Indicates: Arcata Vehicle Collision


A 21-year-old and their dog were killed in a vehicle-pedestrian collision on Alliance Road, north of Foster Avenue, in Arcata on Tuesday afternoon. 

The individual was out walking their dog with another 21-year-old when they were struck by a Toyota pickup truck just after 4 p.m. One of the pedestrians and their dog were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the Arcata Police Department. The second pedestrian and the driver of the pickup truck were injured and taken to a local hospital.

Reached by phone this morning, Arcata Police Lieutenant Todd Dockweiler told the Outpost there were two vehicles involved in the collision. The first vehicle, an SUV, was rear-ended by the pickup truck while stopped at a stop sign. After the collision the SUV continued through the intersection and wound up on the east side of the road. The pickup truck struck both pedestrians and the dog.

“One of the pedestrians was determined deceased at the scene,” Dockweiler said. “The other pedestrian suffered relatively serious injuries. It was obvious that the first pedestrian had received a pretty severely broken leg. … The driver was injured and transported to the hospital. It will be a bit of time before we have a report from the hospital about what happened.”

While many commenters online have said the driver suffered a stroke prior to the collision, Dockweiler said that has yet to be confirmed.

There were no arrests made at the scene of the accident, however, Dockweiler said the investigation “to try to determine the cause” of the collision is ongoing. The names of all parties are being withheld for the time being.