A man suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run that resulted in a pedestrian's death in Willow Creek on Saturday posted his $100,000 bail and is no longer in custody, the Humboldt County jail said today.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Harvey, Daniel Roy Jones, 36, of Arcata, was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run, manslaughter and delaying or obstructing an officer. According to a press release from the patrol, officers received a call at 10 p.m. on Saturday that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle on SR 299, east of Roth Road in Willow Creek, and upon arriving, officers and Hoopa Ambulance determined the victim had suffered fatal injuries and the vehicle involved had left the scene. Harvey said soon after, a patrol officer located the involved vehicle parked behind Ray's Market and officers, with the assistance of the United States Forest Service and an Arcata Police Department K-9 dog, searched the area for four hours without locating the suspect.
"We were able to track him down on Sunday through a combination of witness statements and vehicle information," Harvey said."
According to Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Roy Horton, the victim was identified on Sunday afternoon as Willow Creek resident Manual Alejandro Garcia, 22, and died of blunt force trauma.
"He didn't have any identification on him when he was brought in," Horton said.
The patrol is continuing to investigate the collision and they encourage anyone with information to call them at 268-2000.