Everett Moorehead, a 48-year-old Smith River Rancheria tribal member of Del Norte County, died on Saturday night after being struck by a car while crossing a notoriously accident-prone stretch of U.S. Highway 101 in Smith River.
Moorehead was attempting to cross over to the east side of Highway 101 near North Indian Road when he was hit by the front end of a 2012 Nissan truck driven by Alex Miranda, of Brookings, just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Moorehead was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:55 p.m. Miranda, who remained at the scene after the accident, was not injured.
“The initial indication is that there won’t be any charges filed against the driver of the vehicle, but the investigation is still continuing,” said Sgt. Chris Enriquez, of Crescent City CHP.
The section of 101 where Moorehead was crossing recently had 45-mph advisory speed limit signs, shoulder rumble strips, lighting and other improvements installed because of the high pedestrian traffic in the area.
The safety corridor improvements were a result of Smith River Rancheria being awarded $2.5 million in federal Department of Transportation TIGER III funds in 2011.
Sgt. Enriquez said that there is no indication that Miranda was traveling faster than the 45 mph advisory speed and he was certainly below 55 mph, the legal speed limit.