Fatal hit-and-run early this morning near Elk River

California Highway Patrol

SOUTH EUREKA – The California Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run that occurred early this morning, May 24.

Sometime between midnight and 4 a.m., a male pedestrian was struck by an Ford passenger vehicle in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 south of Herrick Avenue Overcrossing.  After the collision, the involved vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction.

At approximately 6 a.m. as the sun came up, a citizen passerby observed a pedestrian down in the center divide just south of the Elk River Bridge. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol - Humboldt Area responded to the scene, along with fire and ambulance personnel.

The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

The involved vehicle has been identified as a Ford passenger vehicle, possibly dark in color.  The vehicle sustained damage to the front end, hood and possibly windshield. The vehicle damage included broken front lighting equipment and it is missing the left side view mirror.

The  California Highway Patrol is seeking information from anyone who may have information regarding the involved vehicle, the involved vehicle occupant(s), or the circumstances of the collision.  Members of the public with information are requested to contact the CHP at the following numbers:

During regular business hours call the CHP - Humboldt Area office at (707)8 22-5981.

After hours or on weekends call the CHP - Humboldt Communications Center dispatch at (707) 268-2000.

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