CHP: Pedestrian killed in traffic on Hwy 101 at Humboldt Hill identified as Eureka Man, 56

According to the California Highway Patrol, the man struck and killed by multiple vehicles while walking along Highway 101 Tuesday morning has been identified as 56-year-old Aaron Wade Kangas of Eureka. Next-of-kin has been notified and the Humboldt County CHP is continuing its investigation into the collision.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Coroner working to identify man struck by multiple vehicles near Humboldt Hill Tuesday

The Humboldt County Coroner's Office is working to identify a man who was struck and killed by a car as he walked along Highway 101 Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 the CHP got the first report of the pedestrian hit in the roadway. When they arrived, they said they found the remains of a man near the Humboldt Hill exit. He had been struck by multiple vehicles, including a semi truck, according to the CHP.

North Coast News was live at the scene:

After investigating, police said they learned a man driving a full-sized Chevy pickup truck was heading north from Humboldt Hill and looked over his shoulder to merge into the number-two lane. Police said the man didn't notice the pedestrian and collided into him.

Both lanes of the highway were closed for about 45 minutes as crews assessed the scene, and the northbound lanes remained closed for several hours. Several drivers reported heavy traffic delays heading north.

CHP officers are still trying to determine what happened leading up to the collision.

"At this point we don't know whether the pedestrian was walking in the lane or crossing the road," Officer Paul Craft with the CHP said. "We're looking for witnesses that may have seen something."

Craft said it is unclear whether the investigation would result in any criminal charges. He said the driver of the pickup truck was found not to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but is uncertain whether this was the case for the pedestrian.

The county coroner is working to identify the man, according to Craft.

Anyone who knew the pedestrian or where he was going, or witnessed the crash is asked to call the CHP at 707-822-5981.

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