Monday, April 25, 2016

UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed on Highway Identified

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM

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The man killed on U.S. Highway 101 near Herrick Avenue on April 16 has been identified as 27-year-old Latham Paul Daggett Greensfelder from the Petrolia area. His next of kin has been notified, according to the coroner's office.


Fingerprints of the man killed on U.S. Highway 101 did not turn up any results and the coroner’s office is turning to the public to help identify the pedestrian who was struck near Herrick Avenue.

Anyone who thinks they may recognize the man based on the description below is encouraged to call 445-7242.

  • White male adult.
  • Between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.
  • 140 to 160 pounds.
  • Brown hair.
  • Blue or green eyes.
  • Full beard.
  • Wearing brown boots, gray pants, a black San Francisco Giants t-shirt with “Posey” on the back, a dirty tan coat and carrying a red and black backpack. 
From the coroner’s office:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a deceased male. The deceased was involved in a vehicle versus pedestrian collision case that occurred on April 16, 2016 on Highway 101 near the Herrick Ave exit. The decedent did not have identification on his person, and his fingerprints did not produce any results.

John Doe is described as a white male adult, between 5’6” and 5’8”, 140-160 lbs, with brown hair, blue or green eyes, and a full beard. He was wearing gray pants, brown boots, a black San Francisco Giants t-shirt with “Posey” across the back, a dirty tan coat, and carrying a red and black backpack.

Anyone with information regarding the identification of John Doe is encouraged to contact the Coroner’s Division at (707) 445-7242.


The man killed on U.S. Highway 101 near Herrick Avenue on Saturday night still hasn't been identified. 

The coroner's office — after following a lead on the victim's identity that turned out to be incorrect — has submitted his fingerprints in the hopes that it will lead to his identity. 

The man, who was wearing dark clothing, was hit in a southbound lane of the highway just before 9 p.m. by a 19-year-old Fortuna resident, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report. The driver, who received minor injuries, pulled over to the shoulder after hitting the man and waited for emergency personnel. 

The pedestrian died at the scene, and the driver was sober, according to the report. The Journal will update this post when the man is identified.

The crash appears to be the sixth vehicle related death in the county this year. Last year saw 28 deaths on county roads, making Humboldt one of the deadliest counties for traffic accidents. 
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