Mad River Union
BLUE LAKE – The California Highway Patrol suspects that drugs were a factor in a single-vehicle crash Sunday, Aug. 7 which sent two people to the hospital.
At about 10:22 p.m. that night, the CHP responded to a traffic collision on State Route 299 east of Blue Lake at mile marker 12.5. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Andrew John Schwartz, 30, of Arcata drove off the roadway and collided with a rock embankment.
As a result of the collision, Schwartz and his passenger, Miranda Kayleen Willet, 21, of Rio Dell sustained major injuries. Both were transported to Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata with major injuries.
Willet was not wearing a seatbelt.
“Drugs are suspected to have been a factor in this collision and Schwartz was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence,” stated a press release from the CHP>