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Identity of victim released in Highway 36 collision
EASTERN HUMBOLDT- The California Highway Patrol has identified the passenger killed in a collision this weekend on Highway 36 as 19 year old Kendra Lewis of Blue Lake.
Lewis and three others were traveling eastbound in a Toyota Tacoma around 10:45 p.m. Saturday just east of Swimmers Delight when the driver Kade Chandler lost control of the vehicle at a curve in the road. The Tacoma collided with a redwood tree and then rolled down an embankment.
According to the CHP, Chandler was under the influence of alcohol and speeding at the time. He and another passenger, Savannah Kindred were ejected from the vehicle and sustained major injuries. Kindred was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and is in very critical condition. One other passenger sustained minor injuries and was the only person wearing a seatbelt. Chandler was arrested for felony dui and vehicular manslaughter. He is being treated at Redwood Memorial Hospital.
"Unfortunately in this collision there were three other occupants all very young in age within a few years of having graduated high schools here locally, so as you can imagine there's a lot of people that know each of the individuals and it's going to really shake, rattle the community," Officer Matt Harvey with the California Highway Patrol said.