A McKinleyville man died yesterday afternoon, Nov. 11 from injuries he received when the ATV he was driving flipped over in the Willow Creek area, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP is continuing its investigation into the accident that lead to the death of Ricky Lee Stockwell, 48, who sustained major injuries on Sunday, Nov. 9 after his ATV overturned on private property.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on that day, Stockwell was driving a 2014 Yamaha Viking ATV on private property off Patterson Road in Willow Creek.
Stockwell turned the vehicle in a manner that caused the vehicle to overturn. Neither Stockwell nor his two passengers, 25-year-old Andrew Ryan Miller and 17-year-old Clay Dalen Taylor, both from the McKinleyville area, were restrained at the time of the collision.
Following the collision, Stockwell was transported from the scene by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Miller and Taylor were each evaluated at the scene with minor injuries. DUI as a factor in this collision is under investigation. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Area is investigating this collision.
The CHP reminds motorists that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant cause of traffic collisions on both public and private property. If you suspect a driver to be DUI while driving any type of vehicle, contact law enforcement immediately by dialing 911.