Crash Victim Had Double Legal Blood Alcohol Level

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Moilanen's Volvo collided with a bridge segment. Photo courtesy APD

The Volvo collided with a bridge segment. Photo courtesy APD

APD Press Release

On Wednesday December 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to a reported single vehicle collision in the 5900 block of Ericson Way in Arcata.


Kenneth Moilanen

Kenneth Moilanen

Upon the officers arrival, they discovered a white Volvo wagon had collided with a segment of a temporary bridge that was being stored in a fenced equipment yard. The vehicle had been traveling northbound on Ericson Way when the driver left the roadway for unknown reasons.

The vehicle traveled off the east side of Ericson Way, through the fence and collided with the large steel bridge segment, killing the driver and sole occupant. It appeared the collision had occurred several hours prior to being discovered.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 34-year-old Kenneth Moilanen of Manila. Toxicology results revealed Moilanen had a blood alcohol concentration of .17 at the time of the collision, over double the legal limit to drive in California.




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