News & Press Releases

keyboard_arrow_leftView All

Novato Highway 101 Traffic Collision Fatality- Identity Released

The decedent has been positively identified as:                                           

Marley James Walrath, a 40-year-old male  from Penngrove, CA.

On Sunday, October 23, 2022, at approximately 3:27 PM the subject, who was the sole unrestrained occupant / driver of a SUV style vehicle traveling northbound on State Highway 101 just north of the San Antonio Road exit at highway speeds, for reasons unknown and remain under investigation, lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway veering past the right shoulder of the highway, and rolled over multiple times prior to coming to a rest. It is speculated during the collision, the subject was ejected from his SUV and came to rest on the ground outside of his vehicle, unresponsive and unconscious.  First Responders were summoned to the scene and upon their arrival discovered the subject in cardiopulmonary arrest.  Despite resuscitative aid provided on the scene, the subject did not respond, and his death was pronounced.   

The decedent has been positively identified as:                                           

Marley James Walrath, a 40-year-old male  from Penngrove, CA.

A forensic postmortem examination with toxicology testing was completed today.  The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigations being completed by the California Highway Patrol – Marin Office and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office - Coroner Division.  No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation.  Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the California Highway Patrol – Marin Office.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coroner Division offers our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Walrath.


Roger G. Fielding

Chief Deputy Coroner