Eureka Woman Killed While Walking on 101 in Fortuna

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A 55-year-old Eureka woman was killed just before 1 a.m. today after being struck by a truck while walking on northbound U.S. Highway 101 south of the Main Street exit for Fortuna.

According to CHP, the truck driver stopped a short distance from the incident and called law enforcement. Emergency responders located Margery Wells, who died at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol release states that impairment is not
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 considered to be a factor. Few other details were immediately available.

“At this time, it is unknown why Ms. Wells was in the roadway,” the release states.

The incident remains under investigation.

Read the full CHP release below:


On 08-27-2019, at approximately 12:58 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP Dispatch Center received a call of a pedestrian who had been hit by a vehicle on Northbound US-101 south of Main St. in Fortuna.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and located a deceased pedestrian, later identified as 55 year old Margery Wells of Eureka. The driver of the vehicle which struck Ms. Wells, identified as 26 year old Moshe Pepper of Mad River, continued a short distance up the roadway and contacted law enforcement to report he had been involved in the collision.

Impairment is not considered to be a factor in this collision. At this time it is unknown why Ms. Wells was in the roadway.

The CHP Humboldt Area Office is continuing its investigation into this collision and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to humboldt_area.humboldt_area@chp.ca.gov.

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