Subject: Deceased Persons Identified Case: 201501451
On March 31, 2015 at about 6:00 PM there was a single vehicle traffic accident on southbound Highway 101 near Highway 299. Two subjects in the vehicle received extensive injuries as a result of the accident.
One of the injured subjects was declared deceased at the scene. The other injured subject was transported to Mad River Hospital and declared deceased at the hospital.
The deceased persons have been identified as Stacy M. Kejar, age 55, of McKinleyville. The second subject has been identified as Karen L. Brennan, age 59, of Eureka.
The California Highway Patrol is the lead agency in this investigation. All further information regarding this incident will be released through their office.
DUI COLLISION ON US-101 RESULTS IN TWO FATALITIES
The night of Tuesday, March 31, two occupants sustained fatal injuries out of a DUI collision on US-101, north of Arcata.
Just after 6 p.m., 57 year old William Larry Morris of Fortuna was driving a silver Hyundai Accent southbound on US-101, south of State Route 299, along with two adult female passengers. Due to Morris driving while under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, he allowed the vehicle to drive off the west roadway edge where the vehicle collided directly into a tree. The female adult passenger who was seated in the right front seat sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The female adult passenger who was seated in the right rear seat was transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital where she was pronounced deceased a short time later. Morris sustained minor injuries and was ultimately booked into the Humboldt County Jail facility on felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges. It was further discovered that Morris was driving on a suspended license. The two female occupants who sustained fatal injuries were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
A few minutes prior to this collision, CHP Humboldt Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver in a silver sedan on US-101 Southbound, south of McKinleyville. It is believed that this is the same vehicle that was involved in the traffic collision.
Agencies that responded to and assisted with this collision include the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, Caltrans, Arcata Fire Protection District, Humboldt Bay Fire, City Ambulance of Eureka, and Mad River Community Hospital personnel.
This is the fifth fatal collision investigated by the CHP Humboldt Area office to date for the 2015 year that has resulted in a total of 7 fatal victims. 4 of these 7 victims are the result of DUI. The CHP reminds motorists to dial 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect a driver to be DUI.
Multiple Vehicle Accidents with People Trapped
Arcata, CA- (March 31, 2015)-At approximately 6:00 PM Arcata Fire District was dispatched to a vehicle rollover on Highway 299 near Glendale with a possible entrapment. Minutes later they were dispatched to a second vehicle accident on south bound highway 101 near Highway 299 in Arcata.
Upon arrival of the Highway 299/Glendale incident, Battalion Chief (BC) Sean Campbell reported a single passenger vehicle that had rolled over the embankment approximately 20 feet from the roadway. The vehicle was found on its wheels, but the roof was caved in. There were four patients in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The two patients in the back seat were able to self-extricate. The other two patients in the front seat suffered head injuries and had to be extricated by Arcata Fire District and Blue Lake Fire personnel. “We were able to use a hydraulic tool or the Jaws of Life to extricate the patients in the front seat” stated BC Sean Campbell. Three of the four patients were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The fourth patient refused care. All four patients were minors and suffered a range of injuries from minor to moderate.
Arcata Fire District responded with one chief officer, one engine and our heavy rescue truck. Blue Lake Fire responded with one chief officer, one engine and one rescue. CHP also responded to conduct the investigation and traffic control.
Units from Arcata Fire District and Humboldt Bay Fire responded to the second incident at Highway 101 and Highway 299. Upon arrival at the accident, crews reported a single vehicle into a tree down an embankment with three people trapped, two of them in critical condition. Within minutes Arcata Fire personnel were able to extricate the first patient from the vehicle who was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Five minutes later, personnel were able to extricate the second patient from the vehicle. This patient suffered minor injuries. The third patient was pronounced deceased at the scene. CHP is currently on scene conducting the investigation.
Arcata Fire District responded with one chief officer, two engines and one rescue. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one chief officer and one engine, Blue Lake Fire responded with once chief officer and a rescue. University Police responded with one unit for logistics and Cal Fire responded to provide coverage in our fire district.