UPDATE: The Humboldt County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed on U.S. Highway 101 on Sept. 27 as William Emery Seekins, 29, from Eureka.
A pedestrian was killed on U.S. Highway 101 early Sunday morning, the California Highway reports.
According to a press release, the man's identity is unknown. He died while being airlifted to Santa Rosa, after he was hit in the southbound lane by 28-year-old Teresa Louse Graham, of Eureka. The victim was apparently wearing dark clothes and walking across the lanes. Graham swerved to avoid him but he was hit by the right front of her Cadillac Escalade.
Graham was not injured and was not suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
This marks the 24th death on Humboldt County roads this year, and the 9th pedestrian to be killed. As the Journal recently reported
, Humboldt has some of the most dangerous roads in the state.
From the CHP:
On the morning of Sunday, September 27, a 1999 Cadillac Escalade was traveling on US-101 southbound, north of Humboldt Hill, when it collided into pedestrian who was walking in the traffic lanes.
At approximately 2:05 a.m., Teresa Louise Graham, age 28, of Eureka, was driving a 1999 Cadillac Escalade on US-101 southbound, north of Humboldt Hill. A pedestrian, unknown identity, was wearing dark clothing and walking across the traffic lanes. As the Cadillac’s headlights illuminated the pedestrian, Graham turned the vehicle to the left and applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision. Grahams’ attempt to avoid a collision was unsuccessful and the right front of the Cadillac struck the pedestrian. As a result of this collision, the pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. Due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, he was air lifted to Santa Rosa Medial Center by the US Coast Guard. While en route to Santa Rosa Medical Center, the man succumbed to his injuries he sustained as a result of this collision. Graham was uninjured and released from the scene. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision. The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.
The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorist to be watchful for people walking and people bicycling; obey all speed limits; avoid distractions; and know the laws regarding pedestrian right-of-way.