Pedestrian struck and killed on U.S. Highway 101

CHP Press Release


Arcata, California – On the evening of Sunday, November 22, a 2009 Chevy Malibu was traveling on US-101 Northbound, north of Giuntoli Lane, when it struck a pedestrian who was walking within the traffic lanes.

Just before 9 p.m., CHP officers responded to a call of a pedestrian who was standing in the roadway on US-101 Northbound, north of Giuntoli Lane.  Moments later, a 2009 Chevy Malibu, driven by 80 year old Dorvin Valgene Phillips of McKinleyville, collided with the pedestrian.

Due to heavy fog and the pedestrian wearing dark clothing, Phillips did not have time to react and was unable to avoid a collision with the pedestrian.  The right front of the Chevy struck the pedestrian.  As a result of this collision, the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries.  Phillips was transported by ground ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital as a precautionary.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision.  The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area is investigating this traffic collision.

The California Highway Patrol would like to take this unfortunate opportunity to remind motorist if you’re driving in fog to keep the headlights on low beam, don’t stop on the roadway (except in emergency), move away from a stalled or disabled vehicle and watch for CHP pace vehicles which may be guiding traffic through the fog.  Consider turning off the road and waiting until the fog eases.


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