Local Mennonite farmer victim of High...

Local Mennonite farmer victim of Highway 101 wreck; driver of big r...

There are 88 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Jul 16, 2010, titled Local Mennonite farmer victim of Highway 101 wreck; driver of big r.... In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

The 37-year-old man killed when his farm tractor was struck from behind by a big rig on U.S. Highway 101 on Wednesday in Fortuna was the son of the founder of the North Coast Mennonite Church.

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Arcata, CA

#1 Jul 16, 2010
Why was the tractor on the freeway when he could of been on the street parallel 101. Tractors moving on the freeway should have to use alternate route when ever possible. And when not at the very least a warning car.
answer

United States

#2 Jul 16, 2010
God wanted this young man in heaven. Thats why it happened
amimissingsometh ing

Arcata, CA

#3 Jul 16, 2010
1 question wrote:
Why was the tractor on the freeway when he could of been on the street parallel 101. Tractors moving on the freeway should have to use alternate route when ever possible. And when not at the very least a warning car.
He was driving to get to the gate directly off the highway... You can't drive a farm tractor to a field over railroad tracks. My sympathies to Peter and all the family. Your son was a fine man...
Aaron Paoli

United States

#4 Jul 16, 2010
Our deepest condolences to the Bear family.
S A R I P

Milpitas, CA

#5 Jul 16, 2010
My deepest felt love and compassion goes out this young man family.May he truly rest in peace.#2(answer) His sister didnt say that read the story again please,She said she know her she can be at peace and accept his death even though she morns because he went to heaven.. I also feel very sorry for the truck driver he will have to live with knowing 1second of not watching the road he caused a death things can happen so quickly.I also feel they CHP need to start watching the speed of truckers sometimes they pass me on the HWY and Im going 65mph If a big rig lost control in order to stop his brakes and load would be gone. R I P
snja444

San Francisco, CA

#6 Jul 16, 2010
How did Channel 3 get to the scene but the oh-so-great T-S couldn't? Oh, because Channel 3 actually has oversight from the network. The T-S is free to fail all day long, every day with no checks or balances other than low-level employees who, unlike the squeaky wheel, are not greased but rather yanked out and thrown far away enough so as to be out of earshot.
Cinder

Mckinleyville, CA

#7 Jul 16, 2010
This is very sad, I am sorry for his family but I don't see why the truck driver was charged with manslaughter, I am sorry for the truck driver too.
Middle of the road

Rancho Cordova, CA

#8 Jul 16, 2010
Condolences to the family of Mr. Stephen Baer.

This tragic accident is just another example as to why we need to widen Highway 101 for big rigs!

What’s that you say, it’s already a freeway where this accident occurred! Are you saying that this accident was due to driver error?

My point exactly!

Most of the accidents at Richardson Grove and elsewhere on 101 are the result of driver error. If you pave over 100% of the land on this earth, people will still have accidents.
SVK

New Bern, NC

#9 Jul 16, 2010
Middle of the road wrote:
Condolences to the family of Mr. Stephen Baer.
This tragic accident is just another example as to why we need to widen Highway 101 for big rigs!
What’s that you say, it’s already a freeway where this accident occurred! Are you saying that this accident was due to driver error?
My point exactly!
Most of the accidents at Richardson Grove and elsewhere on 101 are the result of driver error. If you pave over 100% of the land on this earth, people will still have accidents.
Huh?
Ferndale-J

United States

#10 Jul 16, 2010
Hey John Driscoll. You have been around here for a while now. Where is Kenmore exit again?? When covering a tragic story such as this one at least get ALL the names correct, Even street names
Mona Lisa

Eureka, CA

#11 Jul 16, 2010
Hahaha! I didn't even notice that misspelling! He meant Kenmar right?!! ;)

Way to go Ferndale-J!
"Hey John Driscoll. You have been around here for a while now. Where is Kenmore exit again?? When covering a tragic story such as this one at least get ALL the names correct, Even street names"
Sarah

Palo Cedro, CA

#13 Jul 16, 2010
This is so sad. I am so sorry for their loss. What a tragic event.
Melaine

Tacoma, WA

#14 Jul 16, 2010
snja444 wrote:
How did Channel 3 get to the scene but the oh-so-great T-S couldn't? Oh, because Channel 3 actually has oversight from the network. The T-S is free to fail all day long, every day with no checks or balances other than low-level employees who, unlike the squeaky wheel, are not greased but rather yanked out and thrown far away enough so as to be out of earshot.
yeah I wondered the same thing myself......
Melaine

Tacoma, WA

#15 Jul 16, 2010
Yes this is such a sad thing to have happen.My dad was a neighbor of the family for years. My condolences to Peter and Mrs. Baer...
Who

Eureka, CA

#16 Jul 16, 2010
Who's the trucking company that's going to take an insurance hit? Business is tough enough already....
Rhonda

Redway, CA

#17 Jul 16, 2010
Condolences to the family. Tragic. I agree with the one poster that suggested a warning vehicle with flashing yellow lights behind farm equipment. Especially on a high speed freeway. The vehicle code requires "wide loads" to be escorted why not large, slow farm equipment?
duh

Muskogee, OK

#18 Jul 16, 2010
i think i saw the same tractor a couple weeks ago heading south. i remember thinking "this is going to get someone killed." the tractor pulled into the construction zone where traffic was merging into the single lane at alton. it's bad enough dealing with drivers who want to go 65-70 in a zone reduced to 55. add on people going 70 just to pass people before the lane ends and having a tractor going 20 just makes it worse.

this is a horrible event for everyone involved. i like the idea of having a pilot vehicle. we require it for other vehicles that pose a hazard to traffic, why not slow moving husbandry vehicles as well?
z0ned

United States

#19 Jul 16, 2010
duh wrote:
i think i saw the same tractor a couple weeks ago heading south. i remember thinking "this is going to get someone killed." the tractor pulled into the construction zone where traffic was merging into the single lane at alton. it's bad enough dealing with drivers who want to go 65-70 in a zone reduced to 55. add on people going 70 just to pass people before the lane ends and having a tractor going 20 just makes it worse.
this is a horrible event for everyone involved. i like the idea of having a pilot vehicle. we require it for other vehicles that pose a hazard to traffic, why not slow moving husbandry vehicles as well?
I totally agree. This tractor had been going on and off the 101 now for some time... It doesn't possess a CA license plate or have any restraints for the driver.(see image at http://www.ssbtractor.com/photos/4711.jpg )... This machines presence on the freeway was just about as legal as a bicyclist presence on the freeway.
BARB ADAMS

United States

#20 Jul 16, 2010
Sarah wrote:
This is so sad. I am so sorry for their loss. What a tragic event.
HEART GOES OUT TO BOTH PARTIES INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT..Godbless
a friend

Fortuna, CA

#21 Jul 16, 2010
I knew Stephen well and considered him a friend. When somebody passes, it is out of respect that only the good parts of their life are mentioned and shared. In Stephen's case it will be because there are nothing but good things to remember about him. I can honestly say that he was the only man I've never heard utter a negative word towards another person. Always smiling and happy to shake my hand. He strove to do the best job he possibly could, never looking at just profiting from his labor. When he did make a mistake, he was the first to admit it and made sure that it was made it right. I never had a conversation with Stephen that didn't end with me smiling. I will miss him and will always remember the last time I saw him. It was a few minutes before the wreck as I passed him on the freeway ... We didn't make eye contact, but as I glanced back before returning to the slow lane. I saw his smiling face as he leaned forward in his cab, no hat, farmers squint, collared flannel shirt, on his way to the next job.

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