A McKinleyville man was killed Sunday, Feb. 24 after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 101 near Big Lagoon.
John Mello, 57, was pedaling his bicycle southbound on the shoulder just north of Patrick’s Point Drive at around 12:55 p.m.
Humboldt County Parks employee Brian Bresee, 26, of Eureka was driving a Nissan Titan down the freeway when he allowed the vehicle to enter the right shoulder. He struck Mello, who sustained fatal injuries in the collision.
Breese was not injured. The truck he was driving is a County Parks rig.
According to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the fatality, impairment does not appear to be a factor.