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 7/01/2023, at 0532 hours, a Garberville Resident Post unit out of Laytonville was advised of a solo vehicle down the embankment and debris in the roadway. CalFire and Laytonville Fire responded. Upon their arrival, they located a solo occupant trapped in the vehicle. However, by the time the occupant was able to be extricated from the vehicle, the occupant succumbed to her injuries on scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling N/B on US-101, when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle veered off of the east side of the roadway where it struck the embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn, travel across all three lanes of traffic, and down the embankment on the west side of the roadway. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.
No indication on a second vehicle involved. No suspected mechanical failure. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor.
The California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, Laytonville Fire Department, Medi Star Ambulance, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol – Garberville Area.