Redway pedestrian identified by coroner

The pedestrian who succumbed to his injuries Sunday morning after being hit by a truck on Redway Drive Saturday night has been identified. Humboldt County Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Ernie Stewart confirmed to The Redwood Times that Brandon McCann, 50, of Redway died from injuries sustained after he veered in front of an oncoming vehicle.

“We believe that he was intoxicated and he ran into the path of the vehicle.” Stewart said by phone. He noted that a formal toxicology report is still pending.

Stewart went on to explain that he does not expect charges against the driver.

The driver, according to a CHP-Garberville release, was identifed as Leroy Thomas, 33, of Garberville. He was driving a 1994 Peterbilt tank truck southbound on Redwood Drive at 8:17 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 when McCann, walking northbound on Redwood Drive, suddenly entered the road.

The CHP-Garberville release noted that it was dark, rainy and the roadway was wet.

At the scene, Thomas was uninjured and evaluated for DUI, which did not appear to be a factor.

Redway Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance of Eureka and Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputies assisted CHP with medical aid and traffic control. McCann was immediately transported to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville by City Ambulance and was later taken to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday at 7:50 a.m.

This is the second recent pedestrian death in Southern Humboldt. On Feb. 25, 32-year-old Travis Rothwell died when he attempted to run across U.S. Highway 101.

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