The victim in Sunday’s fatal hit and run collision on Highway 101 has been identified as 29-year-old Blain Allen Kesselring of Eureka.
The California Highway Patrol said Gaurav Mehta was driving a 2011 Toyota Tundra northbound near Sunset Avenue when he struck the Kesselring. Officers said Mehta fled the scene in his vehicle, but stopped just after the SR-299 on-ramp because his car became disabled due to the damage. Mehta allegedly abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. He was found in a nearby hotel and was arrested for felony hit and run and driving under the influence.
Kesselring died on scene. CHP is still investigating the crash.
Are extra patrols needed in other outlying areas of the county?