The Redwood Times
The California Highway Patrol Garberville Area office is investigating a fatal collision on U.S. Highway 101 that resulted in one man’s death and an 8-year-old receiving major injuries.
Gannon Rogers, 50, of Blue Lake was driving a 1997 Honda Accord station wagon southbound, when around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, for reasons still under investigation, the car went off the roadway just south of mile post marker 80.99, down a steep embankment and into a large tree. The car came to rest in Rattlesnake Creek and Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene.
His 8-year-old son Bodhi Masson-Rogers, who was initially trapped in the car, was taken to the US-101 Empire Rest Area, flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and then later taken to Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Bodhi, who attends Redwood Coast Montessori in Manila with his older sister Anaïs, has already undergone surgery to repair a lacerated liver and a perforation to his lower bowel, according to his grandmother Paula Hymel. Seven pins were also placed in his left arm after suffering three fractures.
Bodhi’s right arm was nearly lost in the crash, according to Hymel.
“He is going to require multiple surgeries and we’re looking at an extremely lengthy recovery in the hopes that they can save his arm,” Hymel told the Times-Standard.
“It’s been incredibly difficult,” Hymel said, her voice breaking slightly. “We grieve for the loss of Gannon, but we are so consumed with worry about Bodhi that it is difficult to process Gannon’s loss..”
Rogers, who worked as the marketing director and webmaster for Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, would have been 51 last Friday.
Hymel described him as a “very loving father with a huge heart.”
The family dog Kodi was also killed in the crash, according to the family.
The incident remains under investigation, according to the CHP.
The CHP that witnesses or those with information regarding this incident call the Garberville Area office at 707-707-923-2155.
Times-Standard reporter Will Houston contributed to this report.