On the evening of June 12, a child was killed and an adult seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 101 south of Hopland, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Authorities said the accident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 101 close to Pieta Creek and Frog Woman Rock, between Hopland and Cloverdale.
Both victims, whose identities have not been released, were from Stockton.
Investigators believe a dark 2007 Honda was heading southbound on Highway 101 when the driver lost control and went off an embankment before coming to a stop in the Russian River.
Multiple parties, including the Hopland Fire Department, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, and a Calstar air emergency vehicle, responded to the scene. Due to the precarious land conditions, the victims – an adult and a child passenger – had to be raised from the river to the highway’s shoulder by means of helicopter.
The driver was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, while the child was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both victims were wearing their safety belts at the time of the tragic incident. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
The cause of the crash is still being determined.