The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol:
On October 31, 2023, at approximately 0020 hours, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Irving Alvarez was traveling southbound on US-101 just south of the entrance to Richardson’s Grove State Park. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet traveled off the east road edge of US-101 and collided with a tree. The Chevrolet then overturned and came to rest on it’s roof within the northbound lane of US-101, with both occupants trapped inside the vehicle.
The driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Upon being extricated, the passenger who sustained major injuries as a result of the crash was transported to Providence St. Joseph hospital for further medical care.
This crash remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area.
The following agencies responded to the scene and assisted with this incident: Garberville Volunteer Fire Department, Redway Volunteer Fire Department, Garberville CAL-FIRE, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, and City Ambulance of Eureka.