Sunday, May 24, 2015

UPDATED: Driver Found After Fatal Hit and Run

Posted By on Sun, May 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol has located the driver and car involved in yesterday morning's fatal accident.

According to a CHP press release, the driver — 27-year-old Meredith Bayer of Rio Dell — contacted CHP at about noon yesterday, saying she thought she may have been involved in the crash. Find more information in the press release below.

From the CHP:

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE—-DRIVER AND VEHICLE INVOLVED IN VEHICLE VS. PEDESTRIAN FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION HAVE BEEN LOCATED

The vehicle and driver from this morning's vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision have been located. Today at approximately 1215 hours, the involved driver contacted the California Highway Patrol to report she believed she had been involved in an early morning traffic collision on US-101 south of the Herrick Avenue Overcrossing. Subsequent investigation by the California Highway Patrol confirmed the involved driver was 27 year old, Meredith Q. Bayer of Rio Dell, CA, and the involved vehicle a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. This comprehensive investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. 



PREVIOUSLY:
The California Highway Patrol is looking for the public’s help finding the driver involved in a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 101 south of Eureka early this morning.

According to a press release, the CHP believes a Ford passenger car was heading south between midnight and 4 a.m. when it struck an unidentified male pedestrian and fled the scene. The pedestrian was found deceased at about 6 a.m., lying in the freeway’s center divide.

Investigators believe the involved vehicle — a “Ford passenger vehicle, possibly dark in color” — sustained damage to its front end, hood and possibly windshield. It’s also believed to be missing its left side-view mirror.

The CHP is asking that anyone with information about the accident to step forward. Find contact information for the agency and more information in the press release below.

From the CHP:

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED: FATAL HIT-AND-RUN TRAFFIC COLLISION ON US-101 SOUTH OF HERRICK AVENUE

On May 24, 2015, between the hours of midnight and 0400, a male pedestrian was struck by an Ford passenger vehicle in the southbound lanes of US-101 south of Herrick Avenue Overcrossing. After the collision, the involved vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction. At approximately 0600 hours and upon daylight a citizen passerby observed a pedestrian down in the center divide just south of the Elk River Bridge. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene, along with fire and ambulance personnel. The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending family notification sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

The involved vehicle has been identified as a Ford passenger vehicle, possibly dark in color. The vehicle sustained damage to the front end, hood, and possibly windshield. The vehicle damage included broken front lighting equipment and it is missing the left side view mirror.

The California Highway Patrol is seeking information from anyone who may have information regarding the involved vehicle, the involved vehicle occupant(s), or the circumstances of the collision. Members of the public with information are requested to contact the CHP at the following numbers:

DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS: Contact the CHP - Humboldt Area office at (707)822-5981.

AFTER HOURS OR ON WEEKENDS: Contact the CHP - Humboldt Communications Center dispatch at (707)268-2000.

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