Man killed while walking along Highway 101 near Willits Monday

By | January 12, 2022

A man walking along Highway 101 near Willits Monday evening was struck by a car and killed, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP, a man described only as a 53-year-old Santa Rosa resident “wearing dark clothing” was walking southbound along the west roadway edge of Hwy. 101 near Willits, south of west Highway 20, around 6:40 p.m. Jan.10.

The pedestrian was struck by a 2013 Subaru being driven by a 39-year-old Windsor man heading south on Hwy. 101, and was reportedly “thrown down a dirt embankment.” The driver of the Subaru stopped, called 911, searched for the pedestrian, and then led emergency medical responders to him when they arrived.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries, and his name was not released by the CHP, so that his family could be informed. The CHP reports that the collision is still under investigation, and that it does not suspect either alcohol or drugs to be factors.

Man killed while walking along Highway 101 near Willits Monday

Tuesday afternoon, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office identified the pedestrian as 53-year-old Roger Eric Knoblock, of Santa Rosa, but living in “Mendocino County in a transient status at the time of his death.”