CHP IDs Rio Dell Resident as Bicyclist Killed on 101

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The California Highway Patrol has identified the bicyclist killed on the evening of Oct. 23 on U.S. Highway 101 south of Herrick Avenue as Rio Dell resident Donald Ferguson. He was 51.

In a news release, the CHP states  a preliminary investigation indicates Ferguson was struck around 7:45 p.m. within the No. 1 lane by a pickup truck traveling northbound, causing fatal injuries.

The crash closed down the highway for approximately two hours.

Impairment of the driver is not considered a factor in the crash, according to CHP, which stated toxicology reports for the bicyclist are still pending.

The investigation remains ongoing and the CHP asks anyone with information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP at (707) 822-5981 or the 24-hour dispatch line at (707) 268-2000.


Read the CHP full release below:

On 10/23/2022, at approximately 7:42 PM, the CHP Humboldt Communication Center (HCC) received a call of a vehicle versus bicyclist traffic crash on US-101 Northbound, south of Herrick Avenue.

Based on CHP's preliminary investigation, it appears this crash occurred when a bicyclist was struck within the #1 lane by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 29-year-old Colton Daniels of Eureka.

The bicyclist, 51-year-old Donald Ferguson of Rio Dell, received fatal injuries as a result of this crash. Impairment is not considered to be a factor in the driving of the vehicle. Impairment of the bicyclist is unknown at this time and is pending toxicology results by the Humboldt County Coroner's Office.

The CHP is continuing to investigate this crash and asks anyone with information to contact the Humboldt Area CHP at (707) 822-5981 or the 24-hour dispatch line at (707) 268-2000.

The #1 lane of northbound US-101 was closed for approximately two hours to allow for the safe investigation of this crash.

The California Highway Patrol extends its condolences to the family of the deceased and would like to thank the following agencies for their response and assistance with the investigation: Humboldt Bay Fire, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt Towing.

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