Monday, July 1, 2024

Eureka Man Killed in SoHum Crash

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2024 at 2:53 PM

A 34-year-old Eureka resident was killed Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Redwood Drive north of Redway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The CHP release states Raul Villalobos was not wearing a helmet at the time of the 10:35 p.m. crash which a preliminary investigation indicates occurred while the rider was traveling as a high rate of speed before he laid the motorcycle down and went off the roadway and into an embankment.

Villalobos was taken to Jerold Phelps Medical Center in Garberville, where he was pronounced dead.

In the release, CHP reminds motorists of the importance of “wearing appropriate safety equipment while riding motorcycles, including Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmets."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the CHP Garberville Area Office.

Find the full CHP release below:

On June 29, 2024, at approximately 10:35 PM, Humboldt Communication Center (CHP Dispatch) received a 9-1-1 call of a crash involving a motorcycle on Redwood Drive, north of the community of Redway. Redway Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, and CHP arrived on scene and provided life saving measures to the rider. The rider, Raul Villalobos, a 34-year-old Eureka resident, was transported to Jerold Phelps Medical Center in Garberville, CA, where he was pronounced deceased. Villalobos was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. A preliminary investigation shows Villalobos was riding his motorcycle northbound on Redwood Drive at a high rate of speed. Villalobos laid the motorcycle down, it left the roadway, and struck the embankment. The CHP Garberville Area Office is investigating the cause of the crash. The California Highway Patrol wants to remind motorists the importance of wearing appropriate safety equipment while riding motorcycles, including Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmets.   
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