Eureka Man, 72, Killed in SR 36 Crash


The CHP reports a 72-year-old Eureka man has been identified as the person killed in a single vehicle crash Dec. 20 on State Route 36 east of the Bernard Hemenway Memorial Bridge.

According to a news release, Paul Pennington, who was the only person in the vehicle, died at the scene. The CHP is continuing to investigate the crash and anyone with information is asked to call 822-5981.

Read the CHP release below:
On 12-20-2020, at approximately 2:15 PM, the Humboldt Area CHP received a call of a single vehicle collision on SR-36 near Mile Post Marker 13.5, east of the Bernard Hemenway Memorial Bridge. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and provided life saving efforts to the sole occupant of the vehicle, 72 year old Paul Pennington of Eureka. However, Mr. Pennington succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Humboldt County Coroner's office responded to the scene and subsequently made notification to the next of kin. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor and the CHP Humboldt Area office is continuing its investigation to determine the cause of this collision. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Humboldt Area CHP Office at 707-822-5981.

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