A 25-year-old Fortuna man was killed early Monday morning in a suspected DUI crash that left two in the hospital and another in jail.
At about 2 a.m. Monday, Michael Horn was driving a 2002 Subaru southbound on Ronald Avenue in Fortuna when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign at the intersection with Drake Hill Road, and plowed into a dirt embankment, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.
Weston Edward Morris-Broussard, seated in the rear passenger side of Horn's car, was killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other passengers, Julia Ralsten and Ashley Humphrey, suffered major injuries and are both in critical condition after initially being taken to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, according to the CHP. Whether airbags deployed during the collision and occupants were wearing seat belts, remains under investigation.
Horn was arrested at the scene and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
The intersection of Ronald Avenue and Drake Hill Road was closed for about 20 minutes after the crash as the CHP, the Fortuna Police Department, the Fortuna Fire Department and the Humboldt County Coroner's Office investigated the scene.