The California Highway Patrol has opened investigations into two fatal traffic collisions that occurred over the weekend.
The first collision happened on State Route 96 sometime in the early morning hours on Friday but wasn’t discovered until nearly 6 p.m. Friday when the driver of a vehicle was flagged down on State Route 96 by 17-year-old Rocky Robins of Willow Creek about a mile-and-a-half south of the Humboldt-Siskiyou County line near Ikes Falls.
He reported that he was a passenger in a vehicle that had gone over the edge of the roadway and down a steep hillside where he had been ejected from the car.
Robins said he was able to make his way up the hillside and onto the roadway where he contacted the passerby.
The collision claimed the life of 19-year-old Levi Donahue of Weitchpec whose body was recovered on Saturday morning with assistance from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department. The CHP has not determined the cause of the collision and is investigating who was the driver at the time of the crash.
Fatal Collision on State Route 299, Saturday
The second fatal collision happened on State Route 299 at just before 6 a.m. on Saturday. According to the CHP, Eureka resident Mark Lindley was headed eastbound on 299 west of Willow Creek when he lost control of his Ford pickup truck on a wet roadway and crossed into the westbound lanes where his vehicle collided head-on with a Dodge Caravan driven by Kevin McConnell of Hoopa.
The force of the collision claimed the life of 64-year-old Louella Davis of Hoopa and left McConnell and another passenger in the van, 77-year-old Gwendolyn Vanpelt of Hoopa, with serious injuries.
Both were taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. Lindley and his passenger were uninjured in the crash and impairment is not considered a factor in the collision. The cause remains under investigation.