UPDATE: 33-Year-Old Man Killed in Highway 101 Crash

Rohnert Park man appeared to have lost control of the vehicle and overturned just south of the Sonoma County line early Sunday morning.

A 33-year-old Rohnert Park man was killed in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County Sunday morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash was reported on northbound Highway 101 just south of the Sonoma County line at about 7:45 a.m., CHP Officer Eric Hohmeister said.

For unknown reasons, the driver allowed his 1993 Honda Civic hatchback to drift into the dirt in the center divider, Hohmeister said. He apparently overcorrected the car, and swerved across two lanes of traffic toward the right-hand shoulder.

The man, who was wearing a seatbelt, crashed through a guardrail on the right shoulder and the vehicle landed in a ditch.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not released s of July 2.

Hohmeister said alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. No other vehicles were involved, according to the CHP.

Janna Barkin July 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM
So sad and sorry to hear this. This part of the road is a dangerous spot. Just over a year ago our dear friend Kimmy Augusto died in that area. I try to be extra careful when driving there. Wonder if we will ever know what happened. Blessings to his family and friends.
Wendy Nelson July 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I had to sit in that traffic mess going northbound, and it took 2 hours to get from SF-Petaluma. Because there are only 2 lanes in each direction, it gets too congested when these things happen. You would think that they would have added a few more lanes by now, it's 2012 after all. They should have added extra lanes like 30 years ago to keep up with the growth here. I guess there are a lot of dumb voters here, but what do you expect in Lynn Woolsey country?
Born & raised July 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Wow! You poor thing! You actually had to wait in traffic? I'm so sorry this incedent took precious minutes from your day. You must be a very busy and important person. What was this young man thinking? If only he knew you had somewhere to be, it could have all been avoided. Seriously?
JaneDoe4 July 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
this may qualify as my favorite comment ever seen on patch. while I do share Ms. Nelson's frustration with the congestion on 101, this was not the appropriate article on which to vent it (never mind the delivery was a little heartless, I only hope the poor parents of that boy don't see it as I'm sure they don't need to feel guilty that the DEATH of THEIR SON inconvenienced someone).
Ella July 01, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Wow, this takes the cake for rudest and most self-absorbed comment ever on Patch, and that is really something. Wendy, if one of your loved ones is ever killed in a tragic accident, I hope someone will send you a note telling you what an inconvenience it was to them. Your lack of empathy is disturbing.
SP July 02, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Wow! Not only are you a heartless creature, Ms. Nelson, but you also have the audacity to insult us here in Petaluma? I have an idea, you stay in SF and you will never have to deal with our two lane roads (which we all despise). Your brilliant SF government that you voted for can continue to monitor things like Happy Meals. See, here, we mourn with our neighbors when they suffer a loss rather than than act like a selfish pig. My thoughts go out to this young man's family and friends.
LP July 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
My condolences go out to the family who lost a member of their family. I hope one persons insensitivity is overlooked. I think that the two lanes and farms add a quality to the drive that gets lost in people's perceptions of efficiency. Just today I drove through Hopland and remarked how cool it is that the 101 actually goes through little towns that you would otherwise miss. It's not the destination, it's the journey there.
Love Larkspur July 02, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Wow- did you read that a man died! "these things happen" OMG get your priorities straight. Bummer that you had to sit in traffic for a while- some family spent this morning finding out a family member died.
OMG!REALLY! July 02, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hopefully, you shallow shell of a being, You will never know the pain that this family is going through! What an insensitive, heartless, incomprehensibly shallow comment! My heart goes out to this family.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) July 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
On July 2, the CHP corrected the age of the victim to 33 years old. His identity has yet to be revealed.
Allen Cheesman July 02, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Tragedy aside, but regarding the 2 lanes to Petaluma, nowhere in the comments has anybody mentioned the incompetent drivers who insist on driving in the left lane, the supposedly 'fast' lane, with 2-4 times the normal gap. This is the math that causes excessive traffic. Vehicles don't cause traffic . . . drivers do.
Pam July 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I too had to sit in that traffic and knew what had transpired. Instead of feeling sorry for myself that I was missing my sons game. I thought how lucky I was to still have my son. My condolences to his family in this difficult time. Nothing can ease that pain and sorrow you are feeling and I hope you find peace.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
The man has been ID'd: http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_20992860/driver-killed-sunday-crash-north-novato-idd
David July 03, 2012 at 05:35 AM
That was my sister's long time boyfriend. He worked every night and was driving home. I am so sorry he inconvenienced your day, our family lost him today. GO f&*( yourself Wendy Nelson...think about if that was your bother or father or husband ...well, for us it WAS...so YOU WENDY NELSON...........Cant wait.....and wait as long as it takes to remove the dead with respect. You deserve far worst then what you have been dealt if that's all you are concerned with . You should be ashamed of yourself
David July 03, 2012 at 05:36 AM
JAneDoe...some of his family...like us, did see it........
David July 03, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Thank You his family does
David July 03, 2012 at 06:20 AM
i have now read all the comments on this thread and appreciate and know the family appreciates the support from everyone....I am actually going to print this and let his mother and girlfriend(my sister-in-law) read it. Hey WENDY...how does it feel knowing that Jose's mother will read what you said and she will also see everyone else;s support and crucifixtion of you...You deserve it. you are a heartless monster.
Grieving Mom July 07, 2012 at 12:50 AM
From a Grieving Mom I hope the family ignores those bad comments that they may find on here. I lost a child a few years ago in a similar situation and area. People wrote bad things then like commenting on the issue of wearing a seatbelt when my child did wear one as the autopsy showed. No one knows the truth except the family. There will always be a..holes who have nothing better to do than create stress for those who are grieving. My heart goes out to the family. It is horrible and you will hurt but someday you will learn to live with it. You will never forget but somehow we learn to carry on for the ones we love. Bless you.
evildoerslayer July 24, 2012 at 09:48 PM
David: Condolences to you, your sister and to the gentleman’s family! I told myself I was not going to dignify this B_ tch’s attitude by even responding to her comment. However, I must absolutely say something. Not only that you insulted the folks from Petaluma, including Ms. Woolsey, but your utter lack of feeling for somebody who just perished from this accident was way over the top, Wendy Nelson. I wondered what planet in this entire universe kicked you out for your rudeness, arrogance and your 'C_nty' attitude. Too bad, you landed here on earth. How lucky we are earth-occupiers for having another one like you. I bet you're one of the many drivers that drive on our freeways and streets nowadays with a "get-out-of-my-way" attitude. Too bad you're not the one who died in that accident instead. One less sorry "a_s" like you won't make a difference to me. & I mean that. You betcha!


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