California Highway Patrol
SWIMMER’S DELIGHT – One person died and two others sustained major injuries after an alleged drunk driver went off the road and hit a large redwood tree on State Route 36 Saturday, Feb. 21.
At about 10:45 p.m. Kade Chandler was driving his 2005 Toyota Tundra eastbound on State Route 36 east of Swimmer’s Delight. Due to his level of drug/alcohol impairment and traveling at an unsafe speed, Chandler failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and allowed his vehicle to run off the north road edge and where it collided with a large redwood tree before overturning down an embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol.
As a result of the collision, Chandler and passenger Savannah Kindred were ejected from the vehicle and sustained major injuries. An additional unrestrained female passenger 19-year- old Kendra Paige Leialoha Lewis of Blue Lake, succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Passenger Bradly Thuemler, who was restrained at the time of the collision, suffered moderate injuries.
Chandler and Kindred were transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital. Kindred was transferred via air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Thuemler was transported to St Joseph Hospital.
Chandler was subsequently arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He was released to Redwood Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Emergency personnel from the Carlotta Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance, Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.