News release from the California Highway Patrol:
On Monday at approximately 11:51 a.m., Laytonville resident Patrick Herbstritt, with two juvenile passengers, was driving a 1998 Saturn Sedan southbound on U.S. Highway 101, north of Shimmins Ridge Road.
Madera resident Francisco Rodriguez was driving a 2011 Freightliner towing an unloaded flatbed trailer northbound on Highway 101, north of Shimmins Ridge Road. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Saturn lost control of his vehicle, which traveled across the northbound lanes and collided with the guardrail on the east side of Highway 101.
The Saturn continued into the path of the Freightliner and both vehicles collided within the northbound lanes. The Herbstritt was pronounced deceased at the scene and both juvenile passengers sustained major injuries. The driver of the Freightliner and his passengers did not sustain any injuries.
The cause of this collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
The California Highway Patrol responded and assumed incident command. Personnel from Cal-Fire, Willits Fire, Brooktrails Volunteer Fire Caltrans, and City Ambulance assisted with the scene. Mendocino County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.