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Fatal Accident Near Big Lagoon

 

CHP Continuing Investigation into Highway 101 Crash

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

An accident involving a vehicle striking a cyclist left one dead Sunday afternoon, February 24, on U.S. Highway 101
just north of Big Lagoon, according to the California Highway
Patrol.

According to CHP, the driver veered onto the southbound
shoulder of Highway 101 and struck the cyclist.

CHP officers received the call at about 12:58 p.m. and arrived on scene to find a Humboldt County Parks Nissan Titan pickup truck involved in the collision.

CPR was being performed on the cyclist without success.  The officers reported the incident as a possible fatality at 1:04 p.m; it was classified as a fatality 15 minutes later.

After notification of the next of kin, the deceased cyclist was identified as John Mello, 57, of McKinleyville.

The driver was identified as Brian Bresee, 26, of Eureka.

The California Highway Patrol recently released the following statement regarding the accident:

On 02/24/2013, at approximately 12:55 p.m., John Mello, age 57 of McKinleyville, was riding his bicycle on the right shoulder of southbound US-101, north of Patrick’s Point Drive.

Brian Bresee, age 26 of Eureka, a Humboldt County Parks employee, was driving a Nissan Titan at this location, within the #2 lane.

Mr. Bresee appeared to allow the Nissan to move toward the right shoulder of the road.  The right side of the Nissan struck Mr. Mello.

Mr. Mello sustained fatal injuries due to the collision.  Mr. Bresee was uninjured.  The Nissan pickup involved in the collision is a Humboldt County Parks vehicle.

Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision, which is still under investigation.

 

101 accidentThe crash resulted in the blockage of a southbound lane of the highway just north of Big Lagoon.

CHP officials noted the truck was being towed for evidence and the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

The area of Highway 101 where the fatality occurred has a very narrow shoulder margin for bicyclists to ride upon safely with a moderately steep dropoff curb.

 

Here are few of the different Facebook comments coming in:

 

“ roadside flowersSo sad… prayers to all involved!”

John and Joe are both my uncles…. and I would really like to know how this happened.  I understand road conditions… sun to shade… but it seems like a pretty open piece of road with not a lot of shade, pretty straight and open.  My Uncle was an avid bicycle rider and was very careful.  Accidents happen all the time but some can be avoided with common sense. “

‘There are bike riders out there!  Motorcycle riders!  And even people walking on the side if the road– so please don’t use your phone, text, work the stereo, or anything for that matter because we riders and walkers don’t have a cage with airbags.  Please think of us.”

“John… will be missed by everyone who knew him.  Sorry to my cousins, his children…what a tragic loss this is for his whole family.  I’m sure that the man who hit him will forever live with this and it is sad for all concerned”

“Wow, how tragic.  It doesn’t matter how wide he shoulder is, John had a right to ride there.  Now John’s life is gone & Brian will likely lose his job & spend years in jail for manslaughter.”

“I’ve ridden with John before. Very experienced rider, safe.  He could have made a mistake, but I’d be surprised if he did.  Always kept his equipment in great shape.  Was a great guy, I’ll keep the memories.”

“There is no bike path, there is only about two inches between the fog line and the dirt!  If there were a bike path, that would be another story.”

“Doesn’t look safe to ride there…”

“I worked with John and he loved to ride his bike.  It was his passion.  He was experienced and knew exactly what he was doing where he was riding.  I’m not blaming anyone; I’m just saying a good person is not with us anymore and I won’t see him at work tomorrow.”

“Very sad …bicyclist always worry me on our roads.”

“There are many things that can cause you to take your eyes off the road at any given time.  I guarantee his biggest critic will be himself, especially when he is about to become a father and is a responsible young man.  If he did something stupid then he should face the consequences, but don’t accuse him without any knowledge of what actually happened.”

“Two families are affected by this tragedy.  Mr Mello’s loved ones are hurting and mourning their loss.  Brian’s family and friends are mourning with you.”

“So sad for both families.  Maybe we can all make more of a point to be extra attentive on the roads!”

 

ghost bikeBe careful out there, folks.

 

 

 

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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A Man and His Dog

 

–A Bike and a Life of Crime–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 6:00 in the morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a citizen was in foot pursuit of a burglary suspect on Ashdown Avenue in McKinleyville.

When deputies arrived they met with a citizen who resides in the 600 block of Montana Road.  The citizen told the deputies he was in his garage when he heard his car alarm sound.  He immediately exited his garage and saw the passenger side of his vehicle– which was parked in his driveway– had been smashed.  There was a male standing near his car with a pit bull-mix dog.

The man immediately started telling the victim he was “Sorry,” as he was backing away from the citizen and his vehicle.

The citizen tried to grab the male suspect to detain him for law enforcement.  After a brief struggle, the suspect pulled away and rode away on a bicycle with the victim chasing after him.

The suspect began yelling at his dog to “Attack!” the citizen, so the citizen discontinued his pursuit.  The citizen told the responding deputies the damage to his vehicle was approximately $450.00 and there was five dollars in cash missing from the center console.  Deputies checked the area for the suspect and could not find him.

Yesterday, December 12, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and told the investigating deputy he saw the suspect again with the dog.  The citizen followed the suspect to a residence in the 1300 Block of Anderson Road in McKinleyville.

Deputies responded to the home on Anderson Road and located Rob O’Neil Harvey, 28 years old, from McKinleyville.  The citizen identified Harvey as the one he saw and chased.

Harvey was arrested for burglary and violation of probation.  Harvey was on probation for possession of burglary tools.

He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $50,000, the HCSO reported.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Bike Spree and Flee Fail

Pursued by Deputy, Bicyclist Totally Biffs It

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Early this morning, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy was driving his marked patrol car on Harrison Avenue towards Harris Street in Eureka when he saw an adult male riding a bicycle.  The bicyclist exited the Walgreens parking lot onto Harrison Avenue and was carrying something
under his arm.

Because the male appeared ‘suspicious’ in his behavior, the deputy turned his patrol car around to check out what was going on and what he was carrying.

The chase was on.

Seeing the deputy turn his patrol car around, the male started riding away faster.  He furiously pedaled his two-wheeled velocipede; cutting across traffic, failing to signal, and, the HCSO reported, violating the vehicle code.  Now this was very suspicious.

The deputy attempted to stop the male by activating his emergency lights.  The now-fleeing male ignored the lights and deputy and rode his bike quicker, as fast as his two little feet would go, trying some fancy ’evasive’ maneuvers.   The deputy activated his siren but that didn’t work either.  Go figure.

He pursued the dodgy bicyclist in and out of different business parking lots, lights and siren blazing.   The deputy saw the bicyclist dump what he was carrying on the ground– and ride behind the Blood Bank on Harrison Avenue to avoid him.

The officer’s vehicle, however, was faster than the pedal-pushing evader.

The deputy met the bicyclist on the other side of the Blood Bank property.   The bicyclist tried to ride over a curb, but met with a total bike fail.  Squarely hitting the curb, he royally dumped it.  Rudely thrown over the top of his handle bars like an ejected pilot, he landed abruptly into the nearby bushes like a worn out shoe.  The wheels of his unsteady steed were ignobly left spinning.

The deputy took the bicyclist into custody.  The bicyclist was identified as Thomas Smith, 40-years-old, from Eureka, and on probation.  Curiously enough, he was only three blocks from the Probation
Department when he began his footloose and fancy-free bike spree.

Smith was uninjured as the cushy bushes broke his fall.  The deputy recovered the mysterious bag Smith had thrown during the pursuit.  What was in it?  Guess.

The bag was filled with marijuana bud, estimated to be one pound of the obnoxiously troublesome weed.

Mr. Smith was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession for sale and transportation of marijuana, and violation of probation.   Bail was set at $25,000.

It wasn’t reported whether he was wearing his bicycle helmet or not.

His bike had failed, his weed was seized, his unhappy mugshot was taken, and an otherwise pleasant day was ruined.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

 

 

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