CHP Press Release
ARCATA – On Sunday, Nov. 24 at approximately 3:19 a.m., a male pedestrian was walking southbound in the northbound no. 2 lane of U.S. Highway 101 north of Sunset Avenue in Arcata. Gaurav Mehta was driving his 2011 Toyota Tundra northbound in the no. 2 lane at approximately 60 MPH when he struck the pedestrian, causing fatal injuries.
The victim was later identified as Blain Allen Kesseiring, 29, of Eureka.
Mehta fled the scene in the Toyota. However, due to damage from the collision, his vehicle became disabled on US-101 north of State Route 299. Mehta abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. CHP personnel conducted a search of the area adjacent to US-101 in the West End Road area of Arcata.
Mehta was located at a nearby hotel and placed under arrest for alleged 20001 VC (felony hit and run) and 23152(a)VC (DUI) then booked into the Humboldt County Jail.
Emergency personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Ambulance, and Arcata Fire District responded to the scene. Additionally, Caltrans personnel responded to the scene and provided traffic control. US-101 northbound remained open during the on-scene collision investigation. The cause of this collision is still under investigation.