The death of Wende Dolores Carroll, a 58-year-old Bridgeville resident, marks the county's 15th traffic fatality of the year. Carroll was driving westbound on State Route 36 at 10:58 a.m. yesterday when her pickup crossed into the eastbound lane and she overcorrected, leaving the road and colliding with a redwood tree. The California Highway Patrol said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
To date in 2017, 15 people have died from traffic fatalities in Humboldt County, including six pedestrians struck by vehicles.
From the California Highway Patrol:
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, a Bridgeville resident was involved in a solo vehicle traffic collision on SR-36, west of Carlotta.
At approximately 10:58 a.m., Wende Dolores Carroll, was driving her 2003 Ford F150 westbound on State Route 36, west of Carlotta at an unknown speed and had just entered a right hand curve. For unknown reasons, she allowed her pickup to cross into the eastbound lane. Carroll then steered the pickup back in a southwesterly direction to turn back into the westbound lanes. The pickup entered the westbound lanes and continued to traverse in a southwesterly direction until it drove onto the south grassy shoulder and collided with a large Redwood tree. Carroll immediately succumbed to her injuries.
Alcohol is not a contributing factor to this collision. The California Highway Patrol would like to thank the Fortuna Fire Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance.