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UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash identified
UPDATE: The driver in Monday's fatal crash has been identified as 31 year old Michael Jones of Mill Valley.
From the California Highway Patrol:
On Monday, November 25, 2013 at approximately 9:30 pm, a 31 year old Mill Valley resident was traveling southbound on Bell Springs Road, approximately 3 miles south of Island Mountain Road, in a 2003 Ford truck. As the truck entered a sweeping left curve, it for reasons still under investigation, made an unsafe turning movement to the right, causing the vehicle to leave the west road edge and descend down a steep dirt embankment, subsequently causing the vehicle to overturn. While in the process of overturning, The driver was fully ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver's lap/shoulder harness was not in use at the time of the collision.
Alcohol and/or drug impairment does not appear to be a factor in this collision. Identification of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Officers from the Garberville Area office of the California Highway Patrol were assisted at the scene by other emergency services including Mendocino County Sheriff Department and Palo Verde Volunteer Fire Rescue and First Responders. The California Highway Patrol, Garberville Area, is investigating this collision.