The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol Ukiah Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On May 18, 2023, at approximately 4:50 pm, the California Highway Patrol responded to a solo vehicle crash on Masonite Industrial Road at Ackerman Creek. Based on the preliminary investigation, the occupants of a 2011 Ford were traveling eastbound on Masonite Industrial Roa at an undetermined speed. For reasons unknown, the driver allowed the 2011 Ford to travel off of the north road edge and strike a large rock. This impact caused the 2011 Ford to overturn, travel off of the bridge at Ackerman Creek and land in the creek. As a result, the 2011 Ford sustained major rollover damage. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger sustained major injuries and was transported to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries. At this time, it does not appear alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor to the crash.
The death investigation is being handled by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). The identity of the deceased will be released by the MCSO, pending notification of the next of kin.
The Ukiah Valley Fire Department, Cal Fire, and REHIT responded to the scene to assist with the California Highway Patrol’s ongoing investigation.