Man Killed in Avenue of the Giants Crash


A man was killed this morning on Avenue of the Giants when his Toyota 4Runner veered off the road, down an embankment and collided with multiple trees.

The accident remains under investigation but the California Highway Patrol reports that at about 10:20 a.m. the man was traveling north on Avenue of the Giants when, for unknown reasons, he allowed the Toyota to cross over the double yellow line and into oncoming traffic before it left the west edge of the roadway. The vehicle then went down a 35-foot embankment before hitting the trees.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and officials are currently withholding his identity until his family can be notified.

It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

See the full CHP press release copied below.

(See Attached Press Release)

On April 2, 2018, at approximately 10:20 AM, a 2002 Toyota 4Runner, driven by a single male occupant, was traveling northbound on SR-254, north of Myers Flat. For reasons still under investigation, the Toyota crossed over the double yellow center line and oncoming traffic lane, and traveled off the west roadway edge. The Toyota traveled approximately 35 feet down a descending embankment and collided with multiple trees. As a result of the collision, the driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver's name is currently being withheld pending notification of next of kin. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol – Garberville office.

The Garberville CHP would like to thank Cal-Fire, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, California State Parks and CalTrans for their assistance on the scene and during the investigation.

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