59-Year-Old Victim Killed in Pedestrian Accident near Indianola Cutoff

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA (May 25, 2022) – A pedestrian crash on Highway 101 killed 59-year-old Troy Rassbach, early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m., just north of the Indianola Cutoff. For reasons unknown, Rassbach was walking along the lanes when he was hit by a 2010 Honda Pilot.

The Honda driver was later identified as 44-year-old Stephanie Mellen, of Eureka.

Despite life-saving efforts, the 59-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene due to the extent of their injuries.

Following preliminary duties, the California Highway Patrol claimed that alcohol and/or drugs did not contribute to the deadly incident.

At this time, Humboldt County Officials are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact CHP at (707) 822-5981 or (707) 268-2000. An active investigation is currently underway.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Troy Rassbach.

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