Man drowns in Gray Lodge Wildlife are...

Man drowns in Gray Lodge Wildlife area wreck

There are 20 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Dec 15, 2009, titled Man drowns in Gray Lodge Wildlife area wreck. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

A 27-year-old Yuba City man drowned when the pickup in which he was a passenger overturned into a canal in the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area late Monday night.

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Too Sad

Redding, CA

#1 Dec 15, 2009
25 and you've killed someone and left others with serious injuries. This young man should lose his driving privileges for life. I'm all for stricter laws against those that DUI. You drink and drive, first offense, you lose your license for 5 years with 5 years probation. Just take the bus for your court dates and DUI meetings. Second offense you lose your license forever. There are tens of thousands of families across our great Country that have lost loved ones because someone made the poor choice to drink and drive.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#2 Dec 15, 2009
I have heard roomers that the Highway Patrol has a regular stream of regular DUI costumers coming out of the hunting clubs. Of course they are going to have to be careful not to shoot there revenue source in the foot when this tragic event comes before the courts. These are usually the kids of rich subsidized rice farmers who can afford nice guns, 4 wheel drives and lawyers. Good young men but unsupervised.
I am not trying to be an a** here. I do see it as a real tragedy and my sorrow goes out to the loss of this young man, the injuries to the others and all of their families.
I just see it as a shame law reinforcement has let this type of an "expected possibility" happen, and feel they have allowed these and others to continue their habits for a profitable repetitive revenue source. Very sad, hind sight is cruel. I want booze curtailed for sure. It is made to readily and easily available. And I believe its promoters and those profiting from it should be held liable. Canada I believe has better laws regulating it, more respect for its negative consequences.
get some facts

Chico, CA

#3 Dec 15, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
I have heard roomers that the Highway Patrol has a regular stream of regular DUI costumers coming out of the hunting clubs. Of course they are going to have to be careful not to shoot there revenue source in the foot when this tragic event comes before the courts. These are usually the kids of rich subsidized rice farmers who can afford nice guns, 4 wheel drives and lawyers. Good young men but unsupervised.
I am not trying to be an **** here. I do see it as a real tragedy and my sorrow goes out to the loss of this young man, the injuries to the others and all of their families.
I just see it as a shame law reinforcement has let this type of an "expected possibility" happen, and feel they have allowed these and others to continue their habits for a profitable repetitive revenue source. Very sad, hind sight is cruel. I want booze curtailed for sure. It is made to readily and easily available. And I believe its promoters and those profiting from it should be held liable. Canada I believe has better laws regulating it, more respect for its negative consequences.
gray lodge is state land..this happened on a monday which is not a shoot day at gray lodge (they only hunt there on wed, sat and sun) so this is not related to hunting...it also happend at 10:30 at night. get some facts before drawing conclusions

Since: Jul 09

Forest Ranch, CA

#4 Dec 15, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
I have heard roomers that the Highway Patrol has a regular stream of regular DUI costumers coming out of the hunting clubs. Of course they are going to have to be careful not to shoot there revenue source in the foot when this tragic event comes before the courts. These are usually the kids of rich subsidized rice farmers who can afford nice guns, 4 wheel drives and lawyers. Good young men but unsupervised.
I am not trying to be an **** here. I do see it as a real tragedy and my sorrow goes out to the loss of this young man, the injuries to the others and all of their families.
I just see it as a shame law reinforcement has let this type of an "expected possibility" happen, and feel they have allowed these and others to continue their habits for a profitable repetitive revenue source. Very sad, hind sight is cruel. I want booze curtailed for sure. It is made to readily and easily available. And I believe its promoters and those profiting from it should be held liable. Canada I believe has better laws regulating it, more respect for its negative consequences.
There is no one else to blame in this situation excpet for the idiot who CHOSE to drink and drive, thus killing one and injuring others. To blame anyone else is ridiculous. Law enforcement did not "allow" this to happen. Give me a break. The reason this country is so screwed up is people like you who are ALWAYS blaming someone/something else for people's poor judgement and choices. Take some responsibility for your actions for once instead of passing the buck. Jeez.
SJG

Glenn, CA

#5 Dec 15, 2009
Don't try to argue with Stephy. Beating your head against your keyboard would accomplish more. Of course when you're done, the random letters on the screen, from said beating, would make more sense.
He Is Everywhere

United States

#6 Dec 15, 2009
Stephens49/48/47 likes to pontificate whereever he can and against whomever he wishes. My son is a career CHP officer and a fine officer of the law. Your ridicule of CHP just denotes the kind of person you are underneath your scribblings. Besides being unable to spell! Roomers?
Fact is

Richmond, KY

#7 Dec 15, 2009
If they were driving on a levee in the wildlife area, they were off-roading, which isn't allowed. If they were on the wildlife area after dark, they were trespassing (the wildlife area closes at sunset to all activities). Sad story.

Since: Jul 09

Forest Ranch, CA

#8 Dec 15, 2009
SJG wrote:
Don't try to argue with Stephy. Beating your head against your keyboard would accomplish more. Of course when you're done, the random letters on the screen, from said beating, would make more sense.
I know, I know.....
The Local

United States

#9 Dec 15, 2009
He Is Everywhere wrote:
Stephens49/48/47 likes to pontificate whereever he can and against whomever he wishes. My son is a career CHP officer and a fine officer of the law. Your ridicule of CHP just denotes the kind of person you are underneath your scribblings. Besides being unable to spell! Roomers?
Trying to reason with or even make sense of what Stephens has to say is worse than shoving and pencil in each of my eyes.
anothersenslessa ct

AOL

#10 Dec 15, 2009
Too Sad wrote:
25 and you've killed someone and left others with serious injuries. This young man should lose his driving privileges for life. I'm all for stricter laws against those that DUI. You drink and drive, first offense, you lose your license for 5 years with 5 years probation. Just take the bus for your court dates and DUI meetings. Second offense you lose your license forever. There are tens of thousands of families across our great Country that have lost loved ones because someone made the poor choice to drink and drive.
First off, the utmost respect for the family of their lost child, i know the feeling.

Second, i am totally against drunk drivers, friend or foe, they should lose their license for 5 years on the first offense and for life after the second, the only problem is, just because the idiots dont have a license doesnt mean they wont drive anyhow, those who drive drunk dont have any respect for anyone including themselves, so you wont stop them from drinking and getting behind the wheel.

As for blaming the CHP because of this accident, thats just stupid. Its like blaming guns for killing people and not the person pulling the trigger.
He Is Everywhere

United States

#11 Dec 15, 2009
The Local wrote:
<quoted text>
Trying to reason with or even make sense of what Stephens has to say is worse than shoving and pencil in each of my eyes.
Sad but true. Even worse is that he/she never takes a day off!
SAD

United States

#12 Dec 15, 2009
When will they ever learn? What a total stupid waste.
Miki

United States

#13 Dec 15, 2009
The low life drunk, according to KHSL, is Aaron Weatherford of Gridley. Check out his photo on his Myspace page to see what a real loser looks like http://www.myspace.com/32154574
king

Portland, OR

#14 Dec 17, 2009
Non of you have a clue aaron lived on gray lodge prop. so that is why he was there. and as for the death of his best friend you have no idea what this is doing to all the people actually involved. You all need to take a step back and stop judging. This is a crappy situation were there will be no winners. No matter what the court decides That young man will not come back to life. And on that note if you know that some one is drunk and you still choose to get in the car you are as much to blame for the outcome. I hope the best for every one involved even aaron. He should be punished and it is a crime to drive drunk. But it is not your place to put him down and act as if you know anything about a person based on there myspace I mean come on
cynthia

Sacramento, CA

#15 Dec 21, 2009
You guys have no clue on what your talking about. H lived on gray lodge property and worked for them, he worked for the check in station at the lodge. He was a very nice and polite guy who did things for other people on the hunting lodge. Yes he did drink just like everyone else does there. But the fact that everybody is missing is that it was on a monday night which the hunting lodge is closed and normaly when you go on the hunting lodge and you have a sweatline number to hunt you are not allowed to leave. Thats why alot of people drink there. And there has never been any other problems re: drinking there before. I do think that he should of not been driving drunk. It is like what the other person said the passengers should have not been in the vehicle themselves if he was driving drunk.....
Excuse Me

United States

#16 Dec 22, 2009
Wow, Gray Lodge is a good place to drink? Is that what I'm reading here? I just received VIA Mag (AAA) in the mail and the Gray Lodge is listed as a great place to visit on a trip. Oh Yeah, good place to go, right? Take your own bottle and join the crowd.
drinking at gray lodge

Chico, CA

#17 Dec 22, 2009
i went to gray lodge for opening day of pheasant season, i was completely in shock to see a full scale bar set up right next to the check station. Didn't seem appropriate at all.
cynthia

Sacramento, CA

#19 Dec 23, 2009
the guy that died, his neck was broken and he died instantly.
substandard

Sacramento, CA

#20 Dec 23, 2009
cynthia wrote:
the guy that died, his neck was broken and he died instantly.
Uh don't know where your facts are coming from but nick drowned. and to those wondering why they were out there they were partying and aaron lived out there. dont be quick to judge and to the one post that said they didnt try to rescue nick. they tried for 30 or so mins but the truck flipped onto its roof after the third person got out they couldnt get the windows broken because of the mud that filled the truck not so much the water. and how do i know this? i was there right after it all happend.
Briansutterboy

Texarkana, TX

#21 Feb 15, 2014
first of all i think its a tradgity how complete strangers can judge these people i have known my whole life and loved. yes aaron was drunk, but nick knew this and refused to let aaron drive by himself under the influence. its sad that we all lost nick, that was my best friend and brother, but thats just the type of person nick was. truth be told if it wasnt for nick, none of them people would of made it out of the vehicle, nick gave his life to save three others. the vehicle was tethering, and nick stasyed in it to allow the others to get out. i am very hurt by the loss of nick, but none of you have the right to judge aaron, he is a very loving and passionate friend. he would never do anything to hurt anyone. so before yall go judging i think you should all get your facts straight. before you go judging others, ask yourself; what have you done.i love you nick happy birthday, rest in peace.

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