James Rowland Identified as Passenger Killed in Humboldt County Crash Wednesday Morning


James Rowland Among 2 Killed in Humboldt Collision on SR 255 near Samoa Bridge

James Rowland Among 2 Killed in Humboldt Collision on SR 255 near Samoa Bridge

Humboldt County, California – James Rowland, 42, of Arcata has been identified as the passenger who died following a Humboldt County crash that occurred on SR 255 early Wednesday morning, according to CHP.

The driver, William Bryant Montgomery, 52, of Eureka , also died following the crash.

The wreck happened near the Samoa Bridge at around 2:30 a.m. August 5.

CHP said Montgomery was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on SR-255 when, for unknown reasons, he left the roadway and crashed into the water on the east side of the bridge.

The Malibu became submerged after the wreck. Emergency crews responded to the incident and found the two men inside the submerged vehicle. The crews performed CPR on the victims before taking them to St. Joseph’s Hospital. 

Both Rowland and Montgomery were pronounced deceased following the crash.  

The CHP is handling the investigation.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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