Driver allegedly under the influence of fatal Redcrest crash
The following is from the California Highway Patrol:
On Saturday, at approximately 8:35 p.m. Jonathan S. Rosales age 35, of Bayside, CA, was driving his 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup southbound on US-101, north of Redcrest, CA. Also within the vehicle was a female passenger, age 26 (name withheld) of Arcata, CA, and a male passenger, Russell Jay Green, age 34, of Eureka, CA.
As the vehicle traveled south, Rosales allowed it to travel into the northbound lanes of US-101. The pickup was then allowed to travel onto the northbound shoulder. Once on the shoulder, Rosales attempted to return the Dodge back onto the roadway. The pickup went back out into the #1 lane of northbound US-101. Rosales then lost control of the pickup and it slide across the northbound #1 and #2 traffic lanes. Before leaving the roadway, the vehicle overturned multiple times as it continued to travel across the dirt shoulder of the northbound lanes. The vehicle came to rest against a group of trees located to the east of the roadway and down a short embankment. The female passenger of the vehicle was ejected during the collision.
The female passenger received fatal injuries as a result of this collision. Green was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with a complaint of pain and later released. Rosales was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries, and later life flighted to Santa Rosa.
The driver and both passengers were not wearing seatbelts during the collision.
Drugs and/or alcohol appear to be a factor in this collision. Rosales is being charged with suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injury and/or death to another.
The CHP would like to stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and to always wear your seatbelt, to help prevent tragedies such as this.