Arcata man dies in vehicle accident


A 34-year-old Arcata resident died in a single-vehicle traffic accident last Wednesday.

According to an Arcata Police Department press release, officers responded to the accident on the 5900 block of Ericson Way at about 7:30 a.m. Officers discovered that a white Volvo, driven by Kenneth Julio Moilanen, had struck a segment of temporary bridge stored in a fenced equipment yard.

Officers learned the driver was traveling northbound on Ericson Way when the male driver drove off the east side of the road, through a fence, and struck the bridge segment.

According to the press release, the accident happened several hours prior to officers arriving. Responding Arcata Fire Protection District officials extracted the victim from the vehicle, which was badly damaged.

The accident remains under investigation.