5-Year-Old Boy Hit by Truck on Highway 96 in Hoopa
TWO RIVERS TRIBUNE
According to a California Highway Patrol press release, a young child pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on State Route 96 near Squires Housing in Hoopa and sustained major injuries.
On Friday, February 14, 2014, at approximately 5:52 pm, a 2006 GMC pickup driven by David Drake of Hoopa was traveling southbound on SR-96 in the vicinity of Marshall Lane.
A male pedestrian, age five, traveling westbound, crossed into the path of the pickup on State Route 96, and was struck. The child sustained major injuries and was transported from the scene by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital, and was later transported to Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Drake was restrained at the time of the collision, and was not injured. DUI is not believed to be a factor in this collision, the cause of which remains under investigation.
The California Highway Patrol—Humboldt Area—responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Personnel from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department, Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department, Hoopa Ambulance, and CalTrans also responded to the scene. As a result of this collision, State Route 96 was completely closed, with an alternate route available, for the duration of this incident.
The boy is the sibling of Rebelle Rose Keene, the three-month-old baby who died from thermal burns from a hair dryer in October of 2012. Their mother, Rebecca Carroll, also known as Rebecca McPherson, was sentenced to four years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Police believe Carroll was intoxicated in the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2012 and fell asleep in bed next to her daughter with a blow dryer running.