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Teen Killed in Eureka Collision

 

Saturday Night Accident Takes Life of Young Boy

 

–UPDATED BELOW–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Coming across the accident scene Saturday night we saw Eureka Police had cordoned off six blocks of the area with patrol cars, flares, and barricades.

The screaming red, white, and blue lights of their cars brilliantly illuminated and flashed at every intersection of Carson, J, and Buhne streets near Eureka High School.  Two members of the EPD’s volunteer patrol moved along the outside perimeter in precise order, slowly laying out cones and portable warning lights and blocking the streets from entry.

We entered nonetheless.  A stream of broken
flashing lightsglass and debris littered the immediate scene and curb.

In the center of Carson and J Street a lone pair of black high-top tennis shoes, one upright, the other on its side, lay three feet apart.  These were the pedestrian victim’s shoes, released or jettisoned by the force of the accident’s impact.  Two small painted circles surrounded them, guarded by the larger circle of three officers casually making some small talk between themselves and observing all directions
up and down the empty streets.

One of the EPD officers broke from the circle and stopped us from approaching.  He called us to a halt, putting out his hand as we came near.

Asking what happened, the officer, a young recruit sporting a military buzz cut and new to the force, was unsure how to respond.  He didn’t know whether he should reply or send us on our way.

“It was a pedestrian accident– about an hour ago,” he brusquely said when questioned further.  “A very bad one.”

“Those shoes are evidence,” he explained reluctantly after we pointed them out lying in the middle of the street.  The remaining two officers kept up their lookout.

ped xing“The victim was brought to the hospital.  He’s a young kid.  We’re doing an investigation now.  It’s going to be a long night for us,” he sighed.

The officer said eight EPD officers in total responded—half of the force on duty that night—because of the accident’s seriousness.  “We should be elsewhere tonight but we all have to respond when something like this happens.”

Staying mum on the details pending the department’s official comment, he warily added, “We don’t know if it’s related to a teenage party on Huntoon Street or not.  Do you know?  We’re looking into that.”

“You’ll read about it in the paper when the details are released.  Other than that, that’s it,” he finished by saying.

Indeed.  The EPD press release about the boy’s tragic death and accident came out today.

ped walkingOn the morning of Saturday’s fatality, the Times-Standard had just reported that Eureka garnered some of the worst statistics for traffic accidents and injuries statewide.  In fact, Eureka ranked #2 out of 93 similarly-sized California cities for total fatal and injury collisions, and #3 for pedestrian collisions.

Two weeks ago a collision occurred involving a Eureka High School student who was thrown the distance of a crosswalk while walking at the intersection of Del Norte and I streets toward Eureka High School.

Following Saturday night’s deadly accident, a car driven by an unlicensed driver plowed into a resident’s yard in the same area of Buhne and I Street near Carson Park, taking out a tree, some of their lawn, a stoplight, and a white picket fence the next day.

Having nothing more to say and not really wanting us there, the young EPD officer shooed us back and away into the eerily quiet night.

We have since heard the young victim was 14-years-old and in the 8th grade at Jacoby Creek School.  He may have been leaving a birthday party nearby.  He was due to attend a math competition at Stanford next week.

Today the EPD press release reported:

investigate accidentOn Saturday, March 9th at approximately 10:16 p.m., the Eureka Police Department received a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at the intersection of Carson St and J St.

Upon arrival, EPD officers located a young teenage male in the roadway who had been hit by a passing vehicle.  The juvenile pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries during the collision.

Medical aid was summoned and Humboldt Bay Firefighters and City Ambulance personnel arrived shortly after.  The pedestrian was quickly transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was flown out of the area for a higher level of care shortly thereafter.

On the morning of March 10th, EPD was notified that the juvenile succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

It was reported by witnesses that the juvenile was standing stationary in the intersection, in the southbound lane of J St (outside a crosswalk) and was looking down at his cellular phone when he was hit.  There was no immediate indication of intoxication or impairment on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian.

The Eureka Police Department would like to remind the public that cell phone distraction is not confined to only motorists, but applies to everyone.  Inattention appears to have played a major role in this horribly tragic collision that resulted in the loss of a very young life.

red handThis tragedy not only affects those close to the juvenile but the motorist as well.  It also has affected those that responded to the scene and those that are investigating it.

The names of the involved parties are being withheld for investigation purposes.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to call Traffic Officers Greg Hill at 441-4342 or Tim Jones at 441-4109.

UPDATE:

KIEM-TV News Dana Griffin reported that 14-year-old David Pickart-Jain was identified as the boy struck by a vehicle on Saturday night near “J” and Carson streets.

Senior EPD Traffic Officer Gary Whitmer said when police arrived on scene the victim was in the road way.  It’s still unsure if he was initially in a crosswalk or not.  Witnesses are still being interviewed.
 
“There seems to be no foul play, no type of gross negligence, and no signs of drugs or alcohol were immediately recognized,” Whitmer said.
 
Jain was transported to the hospital, but had to be flown out of the area due to the severity of his injuries.  He died a day later.
 
lily darkJacoby Creek School Superintendent and Principal Catherine Stone had crisis team members come in to help the students cope.  “We’re all just deeply saddened by this loss.  We wish we could back up time and get a do-over,” she said.
 
Stone says the eighth grader was best known for his kindness and his math expertise.  “He had earned his way to Stanford for a competition and we all kind of thought it was foretelling that he would end up there for college some day.  He had such a bright career ahead of him.”
 
A memorial for David Jain will be held in the coming weeks, but a date has not yet been decided, KIEM-TV News reported.

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Avenue of the Giants Accident Claims Boy’s Life

 

Three Others Injured in Early Sunday Morning Collision 

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, just before 3 in the morning, 17-year old-Steven James Hillaire of Miranda was
driving a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo northbound on State Route
254, also known as Avenue of the Giants, north of Miranda,
when his vehicle ran off the east roadway edge.

The vehicle’s left side ultimately collided into a large redwood tree where the vehicle came to rest, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Three of the vehicle’s four passengers sustained major injuries:

  • Shawn Paul Bergeron, 20, of Phillipsville, was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna with major injuries.
  • Christopher Allen Thompson, 16, of Rio Dell was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka with major injuries.
  • Cora Kent Pickens, 31, of Garberville was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries and was later flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

29-year-old James Charles Leibman of McKinleyville was uninjured, but was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

 Steven Hillaire was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be extricated by fire personnel. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital with major injuries and was later flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where the young man was pronounced deceased Sunday afternoon.

DUI does not appear to be a factor and the Garberville Office of the California Highway Patrol Garberville is investigating this traffic collision, they reported.

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Bad Car Karma Kills Alleged Wannabe Robbers

 

“Don’t (Expletive Deleted) With the Cove”

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Three men were involved in a solo-vehicle crash that killed two of them while on their way to Shelter Cove for a possible home invasion and marijuana rip-off, the CHP reported.

Domonic Troy Quilici, 20, of Crockett, was driving a 2001 Infinity SUV north on Highway 101 at Cummins Road in Northern Mendocino County on Thursday morning, when for unknown reasons, he drove off the eastern edge of the road, hit an embankment, and overturned several times.

Passengers Greg Saul Dodson, 44, and his son Vincent Jay Dodson, 21, both from Vallejo, were thrown from the vehicle and died of their injuries, according to the CHP.  They were not wearing seatbelts.  Quilici survived.

Vincent Dodson was pronounced dead at the scene.  His father, Greg Dodson, was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where he later died.

Quilici was treated for minor injuries at Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony weapons possession charges, the CHP said.

Found inside the Infinity SUV were;

  • Three loaded handguns, two of which were stolen;
  • Two bullet-proof vests
  • Several M80s (illegal explosives)
  • An ASP expandable baton, duct tape, and a ski mask

and a printed Google map with directions from Vallejo to Shelter Cove, according to the CHP.

Police suspect the three men in the SUV were enroute to an unknown address in Shelter Cove, just north of the Mendocino-Humboldt county line, “to perform a home invasion and/or marijuana rip-off,” according to a statement from the CHP on Monday.

Quilici was booked into Mendocino County Jail.  Surprisingly enough, he was released after posting $200,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing, CHP noted.  They ask that anyone with information to contact the Garberville area CHP at 923-2155.

KIEM-TV news reported CHP doesn’t know the exact residence of where the trio were headed.  There was no final destination address on the Google print out and the GPS system in the vehicle was destroyed. 

KMUD-Radio also has an interview with CHP Sergeant Martin Abshire about the incident.

Lt. Steve Knight said the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t responded to any calls regarding home invasions in Humboldt County recently.  He offered the standard advice:  communicate with your neighbors, keep the property well-lit, check your door before you open it, and don’t flash a lot of cash.  Don’t confront your intruder, leave the house, and call 911 for help.

Sage advice.

Shelter Cove residents, however, were somewhat riled up, lighting the blogosphere up with vigilante nugs:

The thing about Shelter Cove is there is only one road in and out. These (expletive deleted) would have gotten what they deserved no matter what. Don’t (expletive deleted) with the Cove !!”

“Glad they’re dead! We don’t need more tweeker scum ripping citizens off, it’s already going to a (expletive deleted)-hole.”

“If you have intentions of harming members of this community or stealing from us, if you don’t crash your car on the way up here or get apprehended by Law Enforcement on your way, you will not be greeted with kindness here, you will be dealt with accordingly. Stay the (expletive deleted) out of Humboldt. Plenty of ravines, remote wilderness, ocean, concrete, backhoes, hungry hogs, hungry bears, hungry hippies too, I hope you get the point.”

“This is to be expected and everyone needs to to aware and take precautions.  Someone dodged a bullet.”

“Sad for the families, but good for society. Dead criminals do not kill people.”

“Yeah, the other road doesn’t go anywhere they’d want to be either, unless you want to pick a bone with some Whitethorn riders and Gulch folk. I wouldn’t. By that time the phone tree would’ve been blown up.  Given the fact that they had to have a map to get in to the Cove tells me that they would have gone out the same way they came in.”

“Personally it’s a good thing that they both died.”

“Maybe his family will shut up now. What kind of crap was that? Did they think we’d never find out? I have no sympathy for these a holes. Glad God got them first.”

“Holy smokes that’s some karma.”

“Karma. I say good, someone innocent could of been killed if these thugs made it to their destination.”

“Ripping citizens off?  You mean ripping off black-market profiteers who are polluting our woods and drying up our streams and screwing up our backcountry?  Pot, meet kettle when it comes to the place going to hell in a handbasket.”

“This is why we are leaving.  Full stop.  Tired of this (expletive deleted), don’t want my kids threatened by any of this. Stew in your own (expletive deleted) dope-lovers!”

“I am not saddened that these would-be violent criminal perpetrators have taken themselves out before harming others. Whether Quilici made a suicidal gesture, or simply got distracted or a cramp is between him and his conscience.”

“Punk got what was coming to him! ANYBODY who comes up to this county that tries to mess with our lively hood should die!!!”

“I bet the people in Shelter Cove are alive and safe today because these guys never made it. Bet they’re feeling really lucky right about now.”

“It was a stupid move, everyone I know is so sick from getting ripped off, it’s war time and the criminal element will be killed, no sheriffs need to get involved. Just shoot and bury.”

 Frisky times for the wild wild West’s new gold rush.

We hope cooler heads prevail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Fatal Bus Plunge Down Hoopa Embankment

One Fatality; Five Brought to Hospital

CHP:  Alcohol Significant Factor in Crash

 

 

–Updated Below–

 

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

According to a California Highway Patrol press release
issued on Saturday, a bus drove off a steep embankment on
State Route 96 between Willow Creek and Hoopa and plunged
down a hillside Friday, killing a 19-year-old woman and
injuring seven other people. The deceased woman remains
unidentified.

Around 9:50 p.m., a 1993 GMC former school bus driven by Lorenzo Jackson, 42, of Washington, drove off the right side of the highway approximately four miles north of Highway 299 on State Route 96 for unknown reasons.

The bus tumbled and rolled several times for a short distance down the steep hill before abruptly coming to a rest,  lodging itself against some trees.

Jackson broke his leg exiting the bus, the release stated.

Two other passengers exited the bus and remained nearby.
Another two other passengers walked up the embankment to
State Route 96.

Three people remained in the bus, including the woman who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said the woman’s identity is currently unknown, and that the passengers on the bus did not know very much about each other.

During the CHP investigation of the crash, it was determined that both Jackson and Joseph Forcier, 35, of Florida, had driven the bus under suspicion of alcohol intoxication prior to– and during– the fatal accident, according to officials.

Both men were consequently arrested and transported to medical facilities for treatment of their injuries.

Forcier received major head trauma and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.  Jackson received a broken leg and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital, according to the release.

Those injured in the accident were:

  • Tony Hughes, 27, of Bloomington, who received moderate injuries including lost teeth and back pain.  He was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.
  • Sarah Alair, 22, transient, received major injuries, including a broken elbow.  She was transported to St. Joseph Hospital.
  • Michael Lane, 24, of Tennessee, complained of back pain and was transported to Mad River Community Hospital.
  • Megan Huddle, 18, of Texas, complained of having pain to the knee.
  • Jordan Fuller, 25, transient, complained of pain to the ribs. 

Both Huddle and Fuller were not transported to the hospital.

Coroner Horton said the unidentified deceased woman may have gone by the street name of “Coco.”  She is described as:

  • about 5 feet tall
  • weighing 110 pounds
  • and is possibly of Asian descent

She is possibly from Tennessee, Horton said.  Otherwise, not much is known about her, he said.  Horton asked anyone who knows the identity of the woman to call the Coroner’s Office at (707) 445-7242.

UPDATE: 

The passenger killed late has been identified, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

Briar “Coco” Rose Collette Oudom, 20, from Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Deputy Coroner Roy Horton said Briar was identified after another Tennessee woman heard of the crash and called Humboldt County officials stating she believed it was Oudom, who goes by the street name of “Coco.” She assisted putting the coroner’s office in contact with Oudom’s relatives.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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