Brother of driver in Hwy. 1 crash near Davenport says Stephen Sibley had numerous health issues

Bob Sibley spent a solemn day Wednesday clearing out the possessions from his brother's apartment on Shaffer Road on the Westside. Full Story
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dave

Oakland, CA

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Its touching that he tried to help out the community, but if the steering on his car was malfunctioning he should not have been driving it, if he is in failing health he should not have been driving, if you ask me the deaths could have been avoided if he would have taken it upon himself to realize that he is a danger, then you add a "medicine" that impairs his abilities, it sounds to me that he was doing all he could to kill someone. If I was the husband/father of the victims I would sue the family for not stepping in and pulling his license.
sweetcakes

Hayward, CA

#3 Oct 28, 2010
dave wrote:
Its touching that he tried to help out the community, but if the steering on his car was malfunctioning he should not have been driving it, if he is in failing health he should not have been driving, if you ask me the deaths could have been avoided if he would have taken it upon himself to realize that he is a danger, then you add a "medicine" that impairs his abilities, it sounds to me that he was doing all he could to kill someone. If I was the husband/father of the victims I would sue the family for not stepping in and pulling his license.
I knew Steven Sibley for years since I met him in the seventies in Capitola. He was a very nice man who was an artist. He had a clear head and was not fogged in. There was no reason to pull his license. It was a tragic accident.
Don't start talking bad about his family and what they should have done.
You never should talk bad about the dead.
Mild Bill

Windsor, CA

#4 Oct 28, 2010
sweetcakes wrote:
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I knew Steven Sibley for years since I met him in the seventies in Capitola. He was a very nice man who was an artist. He had a clear head and was not fogged in. There was no reason to pull his license. It was a tragic accident.
Don't start talking bad about his family and what they should have done.
You never should talk bad about the dead.
He had a clear heaad? He was an old burnt out hippie who needed hel around the house. He should have not been driving.
not a native

Oakland, CA

#5 Oct 28, 2010
Thank you for printing this story. It is so unfair to label this man before the facts are known. I grieve for his family.
moehopp

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Oct 28, 2010
I'm not trying to talk bad about the man, but don't spin a DUI-Marijuana fatal accident into a "bad steering","sleep at the wheel","poor health issue". Obviously WAMM shows no sorrow for the deayhs of 2 innocent victims, they are only concerned with how their "medicine" is portrayed in the media

Let's hear from the Victim's family how "artistic" the mother that died was. Let's hear from the dead child"s friends about how nice and "helpful" that poor child was.

According to the article that I read, Steve admitted to officers that he was using prior to the accident. Bottom line.

Spin it however you want WAMM, but the public knows what happened. Great guy that Steve was, is no excuse for what he did.

Now, what's that pro-Prop 19 line about how "pot" has never killed anyone?

My sympathy to the family of the young woman and child that died while on vacation to this beautiful town. RIP
In The Know

Hayward, CA

#7 Oct 28, 2010
sweetcakes wrote:
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I knew Steven Sibley for years since I met him in the seventies in Capitola. He was a very nice man who was an artist. He had a clear head and was not fogged in. There was no reason to pull his license. It was a tragic accident.
Don't start talking bad about his family and what they should have done.
You never should talk bad about the dead.
What does him being an artist have to do with anything? Would it be different if he were a mechanic or tradesmen. I guess its acceptable to drive high as long as your an artist, its a tool of the trade I suppose.
Nancy

Portola Valley, CA

#8 Oct 28, 2010
moehopp wrote:
My sympathy to the family of the young woman and child that died while on vacation to this beautiful town. RIP
The child did not die. The child was injured. But that does not lessen the severity of this incident. The guy should not have been driving while under the influence. If it had been someone driving under the influence of alcohol this would be called murder.
Siler

Hayward, CA

#9 Oct 28, 2010
Good grief, this article attempts to create sympathy for someone who drove while impaired in a vehicle with steering problems.

Sibley may have been a nice person to those who knew him, but intentional driving while impaired is not the act of a nice person, it is dangerous and selfish.

Now a little kid will grow up without a mother, my sympathies are with the victim's family, not Sibley.
Mike

Walnut Creek, CA

#10 Oct 28, 2010
This article shows little concern for a 10 month old baby who will grow up without a mother. Where's the empathy and compassion for the husband who has to raise a child without his partner. Can you image how devastated the husband is now attending to his critical child, planning a funeral, and dealing with tremendous grief all because this selfish 63-year-old man decide to drive intoxicated. Sleep apnea is a breathing sleeping disorder, it is not narcolepsy which cause you to fall asleep unwillingly. If he had so many health issues and a broken steering system what the hell was he doing driving a car? He was just another selfish drug user who is now a murder. Dave wrote that "you should never talk bad about the dead." But we really need to discuss drug use, driving, and murder.

I drive highway 1 in the morning once a week to SF for my PhD program. I always count around forty homeless vehicles on the side of the road with numerous people sleeping inside. In the late after noon on the way back to Santa Cruz I always see these same people smoking marijuana and consuming beers in various parking lots I have stopped to check out the surf at. I can only image by evening that Highway 1 is filled with intoxicated drivers. Also Highway 1 has become very dangerous in the last 15 years due to overcrowding.

“Why pretend to not know?”

Since: Feb 10

Los Gatos, CA

#11 Oct 28, 2010
Question Mr. Baxter and The Sentinel:

You write that the surviving brother is 62 and the deceased was 63.

How then can he be referred to as the survivor's "younger brother"?
sweetcakes

Hayward, CA

#12 Oct 28, 2010
Mild Bill wrote:
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He had a clear heaad? He was an old burnt out hippie who needed hel around the house. He should have not been driving.
It is true he had health issues with his arthritis, however he was not burnt out.
He came from a good family. I have driven with him and never did I see him smoke or drive
without due caution.
Tired of it

South San Francisco, CA

#13 Oct 28, 2010
I want to start seeing the Sentinel print pictures, names and addresses of people who are arrested for DUI related crimes. It would be a deterrent for somebody who is about to get behind the wheel to know that when they get caught that their picture will be in the next days paper and archived forever for their friends, family and neighbors to see!!
Marie

Ottawa, Canada

#15 Oct 28, 2010
I feel for the family of the man killed in the crash. But I feel even more for the family of my friend who died at his hand. Driving while under the influence of ANYTHING mind-altering is equivalent to subjecting all other drivers to your own private game of russion roulette. Put what you want in this man's obituary, but he does not deserve one inch of column space to make us feel sorry for him. A sweet little baby is now going to grow up without a mother. A young husband is now a widower and a single father. And an entire community is mourning a tragic, wasteful loss of a vibrant happy life because of this man's poor decision.
Joe

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Oct 28, 2010
sweetcakes wrote:
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It is true he had health issues with his arthritis, however he was not burnt out.
He came from a good family. I have driven with him and never did I see him smoke or drive
without due caution.
I like how you tried to blame the victim in another forum! You are sick f-ing jerk. I hope you lose someone close to you.
Self Awareness

Hayward, CA

#17 Oct 28, 2010
of health issues is sketchy in most people.
I do not condone DUI of any substance.
I pray for the survivors.
Knowing a couple of people with sleep problems, fatigue dulls the senses, not make one more aware of their condition. A local CHP officer has young baby, and has been seen basically sleep walking as most young parents who are sleep deprived do. Wondering why they were blankly sitting and staring, with a startled response when talked to. They were sleeping with their eyes open. Maybe Sarah can look in her own house to ensure they are not putting others at risk also.
If falling asleep is an issue, the elephant in the room is 24 hour shifts for firefighters.
While years ago it was a great idea to allow more multiple days off vacation party time for them, it endangers all around them.
Science and Medicine have shown the absurdity of this scheduling decades ago.
No one else allows this. It is a cause of the less staff, higher pay, degraded public safety results. We should have three shifts, reasonable pay, more headcount available for emergency demand.
Give us a legal precedence for making relatives responsible for actions of adult family members. Under what authority would you step in, and pull the license of your siblings?
dave wrote:
Its touching that he tried to help out the community, but if the steering on his car was malfunctioning he should not have been driving it, if he is in failing health he should not have been driving, if you ask me the deaths could have been avoided if he would have taken it upon himself to realize that he is a danger, then you add a "medicine" that impairs his abilities, it sounds to me that he was doing all he could to kill someone. If I was the husband/father of the victims I would sue the family for not stepping in and pulling his license.
skeptic

Santa Cruz, CA

#18 Oct 28, 2010
the brother is not trying to justify the actions, he is making a public apology on behalf of the family. That is generally considered to be preferable to maintaining icy silence.
We All Shine On

Felton, CA

#19 Oct 28, 2010
Marijuana for health issues is too vague. Driving an unsafe vehicle and killing someone on the road is vehicular manslaughter. Driving while hallucinating/stoned on dope and crashing your car and killing another is again vehicular manslaughter. Sibley is and was a criminal!If he donated a kidney in the past or helped every old woman across the street is superfluous to the one known fact that this man was dangerous and enjoyed being stoned and didn't mind one bit putting others in his negligent path.Take off the rose colored hashish glasses and see that this man was a dangerous moron!!!
sweeter than honey

Hayward, CA

#20 Oct 28, 2010
Joe wrote:
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I like how you tried to blame the victim in another forum! You are sick **** jerk. I hope you lose someone close to you.
There are no toxicology reports stating he was high. I don't believe the statement quoted by a cop from a mortally injured person that the decedent appeared high.
He was mortally injured. He was dying.

I've known him for 35 years, driven with him many times and never saw him smoke prior to driving. Ever!

By the way, thanks for the compliment. You don't know me and your pathetic comments will come back to you.
We All Shine On

Felton, CA

#21 Oct 28, 2010
P.S. vote NO on Prop 19!!!
sweeter than honey

Hayward, CA

#22 Oct 28, 2010
We All Shine On wrote:
Marijuana for health issues is too vague. Driving an unsafe vehicle and killing someone on the road is vehicular manslaughter. Driving while hallucinating/stoned on dope and crashing your car and killing another is again vehicular manslaughter. Sibley is and was a criminal!If he donated a kidney in the past or helped every old woman across the street is superfluous to the one known fact that this man was dangerous and enjoyed being stoned and didn't mind one bit putting others in his negligent path.Take off the rose colored hashish glasses and see that this man was a dangerous moron!!!
You didn't know him so don't make comments that he enjoyed being stoned.
He was the kindest person and was not as you described.
It was a tragic accident. Don't speak ill of the dead. It will come back to you.

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