Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UPDATE: Third Person Dies from Weekend Crashes

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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A second person died from injuries in Saturday's State Route 36 crash. in Saturday's State Route 36 crash. The coroner's office announced 21-year-old Savannah Kiana Kindred, of Capitola, died in the hospital on the morning of Feb. 23.


Two people were killed in separate crashes Friday and Saturday nights.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, motorcyclist Jerry Dean Hathcock, 54, of Eureka, was killed when hit by an oncoming car on State Route 299 east of Lord Ellis Summit.

Andrew Joseph James Carrigan, 24, of San Francisco, crossed double yellow lines on a curve in an attempt to pass cars, when Hathcock came into view and was struck by Carrigan’s car, according to a CHP press release. Hathcock died at the scene. Carrigan was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. DUI was not a factor, according to the CHP.

On Saturday, an unidentified woman 19-year-old Kendra Paige Leialoha Lewis, of Blue Lake, was killed when Kade Chandler crashed his truck into a tree on State Route 36 east of Swimmer’s Delight.

According to a CHP press release, Chandler was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and driving at an “unsafe speed” when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree before rolling down an embankment. Lewis was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the CHP.

Chandler and another passenger, both ejected from the truck, were taken to hospitals with major injuries. A fourth passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered moderate injuries.

Chandler was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter before being released to Redwood Memorial Hospital.

From the CHP:


On February 20, 2015, at approximately 9:55 p.m., Andrew Joseph James Carrigan, age 24, of San Francisco was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata westbound on SR-299, east of Lord Ellis at a speed greater than fifty miles per hour. Jerry Dean Hathcock, age 54 of Eureka was riding his 2003 KTM motorcycle eastbound on SR-299, east of Lord Ellis at an unknown speed. Carrigan had been driving behind two vehicles when he turned his vehicle into the opposing lane, crossing over double yellow lines and in a corner to pass the vehicles that were traveling in close proximity of each other. Carrigan had passed the first vehicle and was overtaking the second vehicle when Hathcock rode his motorcycle eastbound around the curve and observed the Hyundai in his lane. Hathcock turned his motorcycle to the right to avoid a collision but he was unsuccessful and the front of the Hyundai collided into the motorcycle. Carrigan applied the brakes after the collision and brought his vehicle to a stop partially on the south shoulder and partially in the eastbound lane facing in an westerly direction. The impact of the collision, caused Hathcock to be ejected and Hathcock and the motorcycle came to rest on the south embankment. Hathcock succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Carrigan was transported by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital for minor injuries. Officer Kibler, #20361, is investigating the collision, Acting Sergeant Michael Campbell, #16321, was the on-scene manager. DUI is not a factor and SR-299 was not closed.

The California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Personnel from the Blue Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Humboldt County Coroner, and Arcata Mad River Ambulance also responded to the scene.


On February 21, 2015, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Kade Chandler, was driving his 2005 Toyota Tundra eastbound on SR-36, east of Swimmers Delight. Due to Chandler's level of drug/alcohol impairment and traveling at an unsafe speed, Chandler failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and allowed his vehicle to run off the north road edge and where it collided with a large redwood tree before overturning down an embankment.

As a result of the collision, Chandler and passenger Savannah Kindred were ejected from the vehicle and sustained major injuries. An additional unrestrained female passenger (name withheld pending notification) succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Passenger Bradly Thuemler, who was restrained at the time of the collision, suffered moderate injuries. Chandler and Kindred were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital. Kindred was transferred via air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Thuemler was transported to St Joseph Hospital.

Chandler was subsequently arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He was released to Redwood Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Emergency personnel from the Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, Humboldt County Coroner's Office, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
This post was updated with the second crash victim's name.
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