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California Street fatal crash victim identified

The victim in yesterday’s fatal crash on California Street has been identified as 33-year-old Melissa Hughbanks of Eureka.


The collision occurred just after 10 a.m. near the Clark Street intersection. Police said Knut Franburg of Sweeden was driving a Hyundai west on Clark Street and stopped at the stop sign. He then proceeded and entered into the intersection where it collided with Hughbanks' Toyota pick-up truck which caused the truck to roll several times.


Hughbanks sustained major injuries and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital where she later died. Frandburg and his passenger Anna Andersson were uninjured. Police said the couple was visiting the North Coast and were just leaving when the collision occurred.


Police said Hughbanks was not wearing a seatbelt. They add that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor at this time. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at 441-4060.