The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 11/05/2022, at approximately 11:55 AM, a Toyota Tacoma being driven by Fredy Ceron Franco was traveling southbound on US-101 near mile post marker 83.77. Franco drove the Toyota at an unsafe speed for the roadway at the time which caused the Toyota to lose traction with the wet roadway and spin in a clockwise direction and travel off the west roadway edge of US-101. The Toyota continued to travel in a southerly direction and overturned several times before coming to rest on its wheels against a tree. The passenger was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital for medical care and the driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, Leggett Fire, Laytonville Fire, Cal Trans, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol – Garberville Area.