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Early Morning Eureka Area Crash Kills Three

Three Killed in Eureka Area Crash 

Humboldt Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers reported that a local vehicle accident left three people with fatal injuries on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The accident happened in the early morning, a few miles north of Eureka and reportedly only involved a single vehicle. The three fatally injured people were identified shortly after the accident occurred as James Cohee Jr., a 48-year-old Trinidad man, Chloe Chapman, a 28-year-old Eureka woman, and Cody Behler, a 32-year-old man from Arcata. My condolences are extended to Mr. Cohee, Mr. Behler, and Ms. Chapman’s families and friends after this tragic incident.

Crash Details

According to police, the accident happened at about 3:15 a.m. on Patrick’s Point Drive close to the Larrupin Cafe right outside of Highway 101. Police were notified of the accident by a caller who reported a vehicle on fire off of the roadway. Officers say that when they arrived at the accident location, they discovered that a 1966 Chevrolet pickup truck had traveled off the road and struck a nearby embankment. The impact caused all three vehicle occupants to be ejected through the pickup’s windows. The vehicle reportedly caught fire shortly after.

Tragically, none of the injured parties could be revived, and all three passed away at the scene of the collision despite best efforts from medical personnel. According to online comments from community members, Mr. Cohee is survived by his wife and children. Information about the families of Mr. Beher and Ms. Chapman were not available.


CHP has reported that they have this collision under investigation. However, officials stated that they do not know what caused this crash to happen. Investigators are asking for potential witnesses or individuals with information about the crash to contact the Humboldt CHP Office by calling (707) 822-5981 or by sending an email to to report what they know.

Calling a Lawyer

Fatal accidents can be very difficult for families. Learning that your loved one passed away during an accident often leaves people feeling overwhelmed by grief. Going through the anger, sadness, and confusion of losing a person you care about can make it difficult to handle the demands of your normal life and taking on anything extra might seem undoable. However, one thing that is important to take care of early on is speaking to an attorney. Liable parties such as vehicle part manufacturers or government entities responsible for keeping roads safe are often quick to begin building a legal defense and having a Eureka wrongful death lawyer on your side right away can be a critical part of claiming fair payments for the damages your family has suffered.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Eureka wrongful death lawyer. Deadly accidents can leave families with devastating emotional and financial issues. If your loved one was involved in a fatal wreck, call (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900, so I can give you my free, friendly legal advice about your case.

I’ve worked with Eureka and Humboldt area families for more than 37 years, helping them claim fair recompense for damages in wrongful death cases. See my past settlements and verdicts for more information about how my clients have been able to recover financial compensation.

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