UPDATE 11/27/19 — A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been started to assist the family of Cheyenne Hoaglen, the 25 year old Covelo woman who was killed, along with 32 year old Randolph Valladarez, also from Covelo, in a tragic crash on the night of November 19. Hoaglen and Valladarez were romantically involved, and Hoaglen’s young son was the sole survivor of the crash. Hoaglen was eight months pregnant, according to the fundraiser page, and also leaves behind a six year old son, her mother and father, two sisters, and many other loved ones.
The online announcement reads:
Cheyenne Pearl Hoaglen, June 14, 1994-Nov 19, 2019, at 8 months pregnant with her three year old son in the car seat and the unborn’s father in the front passenger seat. The vehicle lost control, hit the guardrail and flipped as they were traveling north on hwy 101 near Ukiah California, the three year old Son was the only survivor of the crash. Leaving Cheyennes family devastated beyond words. Cheyenne also left behind a six year old Son, Mother, Father and two Sisters and many dearly beloveds.
Our goal is to raise money for Cheyenne’s memorial services and to help support this family through this time of grief.
Please keep this family in your heart and prayers sending ton’s of love giving the family strength to carry on!
Funds are needed immediately, anything you are able to donate will be gratefully appreciated!!!
The link to the GoFundMe can be found here. As of November 27, the fundraiser had reached over $600, with a goal of $9,000.
The full article concerning the accident can read by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
UPDATE 11/20/19 2:45 p.m. — The names of the two Covelo residents killed in last night’s accident have been released by the Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office: Cheyenne Hoaglen, who was 25 years old, and Randolph Valladarez, who was 32 years old. More information about the accident is included in the original article below.
UPDATE 11/20/19 — The two people killed in last night’s tragic car accident were Covelo residents, according to additional information released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Tuesday morning, although their names have not yet been made public. The were a 25 year old woman, who is listed as the vehicle’s driver, and a 32 year old man.
One additional passenger, a small boy, or perhaps toddler, did survive the accident — he was found in a “child’s seat.” He was taken to receive medical attention last night due to concern over “moderate” injuries.
According to the CHP report, the accident occurred when the Cadillac Escalade went off the east embankment of U.S. Route 101 while heading north, in the northbound lanes, just north of the Lake Mendocino Drive exit. The vehicle then began to overturn, colliding with the metal fencing which runs next to the freeway, and then up a dirt embankment. The car then overturned onto the driver’s side and collided with a tractor-scraper parked in a yard on private property. The two adults were declared dead at the scene, though scanner traffic seemed to indicate one of them may have been alive when emergency workers first arrived.
The CHP says that it’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol “were a factor,” and the incident is still under investigation.
Here’s the summary of the accident from the CHP:
On 11/19/2019, at approximately 2131 hours, a black Cadillac Escalade was traveling northbound on US-101 north of Lake Mendocino Drive at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons, the Cadillac drove off the east roadway edge, down the embankment and began to overturn. The vehicle collided with a metal fencing which parallels the freeway and went up a dirt/grass embankment. The vehicle overturned onto the driver’s side and collided with a Caterpillar tractor-scraper which was parked on a private yard. Two adults were declared deceased at the scene as a result of the collision. A young male juvenile was located in his child seat with suspected moderate injuries. It is still unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision. This collision is still under investigation.CHP press release, 11/20/19.
UKIAH, 11/19/19 — Two people were killed tonight in what appears to be a particularly tragic single car accident near The Forks, north of Ukiah.
Sometime around 9:30 p.m. a vehicle was reported as having gone off the freeway just north of the off-ramp to Lake Mendocino Drive on U.S. Route 101.
The car was an Escalade and flew off the 101, coming to rest about 100 feet from the freeway.
An initial report over the scanner identified one deceased (code 1144), and one male child weighing about 35 pounds. Later the number of deceased was confirmed as being two though the child had only minor injuries. Nonetheless it appears the child was airlifted to the hospital via a Reach helicopter.
Mendocino County Child Protective Services have been called and will be assisting with the boy — the implication being that at least one of the deceased may well have been his guardian or parent. In fact it was not clear if both of the deceased were adults, though it can be assumed that one of them was since no other person was mentioned and an adult would have been driving the car.
The California Highway Patrol will most likely release more information in the morning, once next of kin have been notified. We will update then.