Coroner ID's Santa Cruz man killed in...

Coroner ID's Santa Cruz man killed in Highway 1 crash as Stephen E. Sibley

There are 89 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 25, 2010, titled Coroner ID's Santa Cruz man killed in Highway 1 crash as Stephen E. Sibley. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

The man who drove his Jeep into the opposite lane of traffic on Highway 1 Friday, killing a 29-year-old Canadian woman and injuring her infant son, has been identified as Stephen E. Sibley of Santa Cruz.

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Robert

San Jose, CA

#2 Oct 25, 2010
Stoned driving IS impaired driving!
THAT WOULD BE

Santa Cruz, CA

#3 Oct 25, 2010
That would be driving under the influence, which is illegal and punishable by jail, just like alcohol, and prescription drugs.

Please stay off the roads. It is called impaired for a reason.

Those who want to live thank you.
meadow

Glencoe, IL

#4 Oct 25, 2010
i agree robert.
this is such a senseless, heartbreaking story.

i saw a picture of the family in an ottawa newspaper. i pray the little baby is doing better and the father is able to find some peace and solace with family and friends.
Steve Farenstik

San Francisco, CA

#6 Oct 25, 2010
Don't EVER drive impaired. If you down a bottle of Nyquil and then drive, you could fall asleep and crash! THINK!
seamonkey

United States

#7 Oct 25, 2010
My guess is that he was under the influence of more than just weed....if he was under the influence of weed at all. CHP said they smelled weed. Smelling and under the influence are not same thing.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Oct 25, 2010
seamonkey wrote:
My guess is that he was under the influence of more than just weed....if he was under the influence of weed at all. CHP said they smelled weed. Smelling and under the influence are not same thing.
It is time that all of it was treated the same way. A smell of alcohol on the
breath and the CHP makes one take a breathalizer test.
A smell of pot and if the driver is obviously impaired then he or she goes on a little trip to the jail. There isn't really a road test yet for pot. Other things....perscription medications for example can impair depending on what kind.
Anyone taking any of this stuff should just stay put and not put someone else's life at risk. But it doesn't do any good to keep on speculating about this tradgedy. Nothing is going to bring the mom back home. This is reall sad and I pray the baby will fully recover and dad and son will find a way to have a nice life after all this.
Why Politics Is Bad

Fremont, CA

#11 Oct 25, 2010
This may appear to be off-topic, but I assure you that it is on the mark. First, have a look at this comment made today on the blog of a nationally prominent conservative publication:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/250927/s...

Apparently the writer (and the early comments) knew nothing of the Davenport collision.

Now, let us ask ourselves, why is it that so many bleeping nutty left/right-wingers get elected? The answer is because they are running against bleeping nutty right/left-wingers.

I for one am not reassured by the thought that cops and lawyers will get involved if some stoner drives on the highway, just as I am not reassured by the current situation with drunks. Yet the insurance agents, lawyers, and others who seem to infest libertarianism (as with the blogger) would rather have freedom to be stoned as long as the insurance agents and lawyers can get their cut later, after the tragedies. These are the same guys who like assault weapons, as long as there's enough death penalties to go with it. They make progressives look sane by comparison.
wildman

United States

#12 Oct 25, 2010
When you are under the influence of drugs, whether they be legal or illegal. Do not drive. When you feel like talking on the phone or are in an emotional state, do not drive. One can be under the influence from numerous causes.
Investigation Needed

San Jose, CA

#14 Oct 25, 2010
So many effin clueless wrote:
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Of course no one in the Sentinel would ever write "Stephen Sibley" when they meant "Stephan Sibley." Perish the thought.
And seamonkey, thanks for recognizing the high editorial standards of the Sentinel. They should give you a salary.
And, of course, potheads never make spelling errors on their websites.
Constitution fan

Pacifica, CA

#15 Oct 25, 2010
I'm really very sorry for the loss of life in this tragedy. I lost my boyfriend (to a drunk driver) in 2006, so I can relate to the heartbreak of the family.

However, I do smell a possible political agenda here, pinning the blame on "suspected" marijuana use right before the vote on prop 19. The cops would stand to loose "drug war" funding for going after weed.

I don't smoke marijuana, but I think it is less of a dangerous vise than cigarettes or alcohol. The telling event for me regarding marijuana every year is the 420 event at UCSC where thousands of students smoke weed and there are zero reports of traffic accidents involving stoned students. A drinking event of the same scale would probably result in fist fights and drunk driving accidents.

Many factors could be to blame in this Hwy 1 crash ranging from not paying attention, looking at the view, or fiddling with a radio for starters.

Again my heart goes out to all who were harmed by this accident.
But if marijuana was not proven to be 100% to blame, it should not be demonized for political reasons.

JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#16 Oct 25, 2010
a Stephen E. Sibley ran for Santa Cruz Port Commissioner in 2002 (and lost, with 4% of the vote). He listed his occupation as 'retired engineer'.

a Stephen E Sibley owned a 32' sailboat Irish Eyes that was registered in Florida. There's also a 34' sailboat Aluna registered to someone of the same name in Massachussets.
Did Wheels West Align

Hayward, CA

#17 Oct 25, 2010
I bought tires there years ago, and they ALIGNED IT INCORRECTLY. They changed it from the still factory settings claiming it was necessary. It became the drive from HELL. What was a good safe car became a car you could not keep going straight. After the second time back to them, they claimed it was correct, and would not even check it even though I had paid for lifetime warranty. One trip to a reputable store, and it was back to normal. Did they align this vehicle? The police should check. Were they drunk when they aligned it?
I do not condone driving under the influence. Period.
But all factors should be considered.
I would never recommend that shop, and was unable to get followup that they corrected their equipment or service procedures. Same brand of vehicle.
SC Rocks

Santa Cruz, CA

#18 Oct 25, 2010
For years I've said I've never seen an incident of anyone dying by a Pot induced collision (as opposed to the many thousands of drunk driving crashes. And I agree that this is inconclusive for now. But it reminds me of how pot came to be made illegal in the first place. They want to find some hook to hang their rationalization (of keeping it illegal) hat on. No matter the outcome I will continue to assert that recreational use is FAR and above a safer alternative than the socially acceptable one that has caused so much pain for so many for literally hundreds of years. Who would you rather have irritated or mad at you in a bar (or wherever) a drunk or a pot smoker? Fights,spouse abuse, murders, death by drunk, you will never in a million years see these kinds of rampant issues with pot. I am saddened by this crash and I pray that there is a healing for their family but keep an eye out for those that try to sell this as the reason to keep this substance illegal. In my opinion the wrong thing is legal.
Mild Bill

Windsor, CA

#19 Oct 25, 2010
Sibley was a big pothead. I ran into him a few times. Nuttier than squirel poop. Doesn't surprise me he drove impaired. He always thought he was right and everyone else was wrong. I am certain he toked up immediately before he drove and thought he could handle it.
sad

Spring, TX

#20 Oct 25, 2010
This is so sad. My heart goes out to all of those who died. I read an article in the Mercury News last month about how they are having a difficult time determining how to know if someone is under the influence of marijuana when driving. I know that marijuana can be detected 30 days after someone uses it. THC will stay in the fat cells and hair for 30 days. The problem with officers detecting someone being high is that there is no test for marijuana that indicates that someone is high at the time of the test. They can detect THC in the blood, but that doesn't necessarily mean the person is high at the time. It's very much different than alcohol where you have a test that detects that someone has been drinking.
You also can't compare marijuana with alcohol regarding driving impairment. I recommend reading an article written by the department of transportation. Do a search for "marijuana and actual driving performance". It's very informative and I was surprised to read that they found marijuana doesn't have the same affect on driving as alcohol.
Drive safe

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 Oct 25, 2010
Constitution fan wrote:
I'm really very sorry for the loss of life in this tragedy. I lost my boyfriend (to a drunk driver) in 2006, so I can relate to the heartbreak of the family.
However, I do smell a possible political agenda here, pinning the blame on "suspected" marijuana use right before the vote on prop 19. The cops would stand to loose "drug war" funding for going after weed.
I don't smoke marijuana, but I think it is less of a dangerous vise than cigarettes or alcohol. The telling event for me regarding marijuana every year is the 420 event at UCSC where thousands of students smoke weed and there are zero reports of traffic accidents involving stoned students. A drinking event of the same scale would probably result in fist fights and drunk driving accidents.
Many factors could be to blame in this Hwy 1 crash ranging from not paying attention, looking at the view, or fiddling with a radio for starters.
Again my heart goes out to all who were harmed by this accident.
But if marijuana was not proven to be 100% to blame, it should not be demonized for political reasons.


My thoughts exactly!

As far as I know we might not know if he was under the influence of Marijuana at the time of the accident, considering that drug stays in the body for many months after consumption. He could have smoked the day before and it will still show up ... so interested to see how the next article reads. Seems that this is one of the many ploys to keep people scared of legalizing something that should have never been illegal to begin with.
Wrangler

Birds Landing, CA

#23 Oct 25, 2010
I think eveyone in Westside Santa Cruz qualifies as impaired. Dope would only make it worse.
rio

Pittsburg, CA

#24 Oct 25, 2010
such a tragedy! my condolences to the innocent family, the baby who will now grow up without a mother, and the father who is suddenly a widow with an infant! there is no justice for this.
rest in peace. so sad!!!!!!!!!!
appalled

Watsonville, CA

#25 Oct 25, 2010
When I read the first headline and article about this accident, I thought the Sentinel used poor judgment in trumpeting the "possible" pot use. And I thought the coverage was one-sided. The accident was a tragedy, for all involved.

Now that I know Steve was the driver whose vehicle crossed the line, I am further appalled by the write up. Steve was a sweet man and would be deeply troubled by the accident, and in particular by the death of the other driver.
Means Nothing

Felton, CA

#26 Oct 25, 2010
JJJ wrote:
a Stephen E. Sibley ran for Santa Cruz Port Commissioner in 2002 (and lost, with 4% of the vote). He listed his occupation as 'retired engineer'.
a Stephen E Sibley owned a 32' sailboat Irish Eyes that was registered in Florida. There's also a 34' sailboat Aluna registered to someone of the same name in Massachussets.
When I look for my own exact name, I find (besides myself): A jazz musician in Missouri, a gay dance teacher in Fresno, a retired electrician in Detroit, TWO recently retired police/firemen in New Jersey, a security consultant in Texas, a teenaged punk in Florida, an accountant somewhere, and a little kid who does nice artwork.

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