A pedestrian was struck and killed in the city of Eureka on Thursday. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred March 9th at 11:14 a.m. at the intersection of S and 4th streets. The deceased victim was identified as 56-year-old Shirley Hoyt.
Hoyt was walking north on S Street prior to crossing the street at the intersection using the marked crosswalk. Westbound traffic on 4th Street, a one-way, had come to a stop for the pedestrian. The driver that struck her has been identified as 56-year-old Larry Nielsen. He was driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup and was traveling westbound on 4th street. For unknown reasons, Nielsen passed the halted traffic on the right and struck the victim.
Witnesses at the scene claim that the driver was going at about 50 miles per hour. Hoyt sustained major injuries and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Nielsen attempted to flee the scene but one of the witnesses proceeded to chase him and was able to use his vehicle to block him. He was later detained by the Eureka Police Department.
An investigation is still ongoing in order to determine all the factors that were involved in the fatal collision. Nielsen was taken to a local hospital to be examined and then booked into Humboldt County Jail on charges including felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. Drugs or alcohol do not seemed to be involved; however Nielsen claimed to have been experiencing an acute medical condition which could have contributed to the crash.