Coroner IDs Motorcyclist Killed in Tuesday Crash


The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon on Alderpoint Road as 21-year-old Austin Brady Williams, of Eureka.

Williams was traveling westbound on Alderpoint Road, according to the California Highway Patrol, when for unknown reasons he lost control of his Yamaha in a right-hand curve. Williams slid into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of a 1994 Jeep Wrangler.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, and the accident remains under investigation. The death is at least the 11th on Humboldt County roads this year. Last year, Humboldt recorded 28 vehicle-related fatalities, three shy of the record set in 2009 and equaled in 2012. For more on Humboldt County’s high rates of fatal accidents, read past Journal coverage here.

See the full CHP press release copied below:

On June 29, 2016, at approximately 3:15 PM, a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle driven by a 21 year old Eureka resident, was traveling westbound on Alderpoint Road, just west of milepost marker 16.00. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Yamaha lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a right hand curve. The motorcycle overturned onto its side and slid into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of an eastbound 1994 Jeep Wrangler, driven by 46 year old Garberville resident Lynn Sedano-Polries. The driver of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. The identity of the motorcyclist is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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