One-car collision ends with major inj...

One-car collision ends with major injuries

There are 139 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Sep 16, 2009, titled One-car collision ends with major injuries. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

A likely Trinidad resident allegedly fled the scene of a non-injury, hit-and-run collision only to end up violently hitting an embankment, causing major injuries to himself.

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patient

Mckinleyville, CA

#1 Sep 16, 2009
this guy is my eye dr at humboldt eye assoc
ekarider

Capitola, CA

#3 Sep 16, 2009
More foolish behavior shown by some motorists. He would have been better off taking a DUI charge than what he has to deal with now.

Adding the hit and run incident in Eureka, is why I am ever vigilant while out on our local roads and streets.
Paul

San Francisco, CA

#4 Sep 16, 2009
I knew Eric and he was a good guy, respectful and responsible. He had a good job. This incident is very out of character for him. I have a hard time believing it. This is not what Eric was about, at all.
COUSIN - mn

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Sep 16, 2009
I am Eric's cousin, he was a wonderful person. Thanks Paul, for your comment.
The Real Bubba Joe

Clovis, CA

#6 Sep 16, 2009
One-car collision ends with major injuries (Headline)

"Eric M. Schwietz, 45, was driving his 1990 Mercedes Benz down Central Avenue in McKinleyville at about 4:30 p.m. when he allegedly collided with a Toyota Tundra,"

Please tell us T-S.... How is this a one-car collision?
yeehaw

Santa Rosa, CA

#7 Sep 16, 2009
Lately there have been more bizarre driving incidents around here than I care to think about. I have personally witnessed some of the poorest driving habits and behaviors in the past month that I have seen in a long time. Top on my list is being passed in the safety corridor, and then the driver blocking the lanes, going slower than 50mph.
Improper merging (usually going too fast, cutting off other drivers) on to the freeway, as if there is no one else on the roadway is another frequent infraction.

IMHO it's probably related to students moving up who don't know the area, and don't know how to properly drive on our local roads.

Don't know the guy the cops are after in this one, but it just brings to mind that drivers need to be considerate and share the road or end up leaving it in an ambulance -or a hearse.
anon

Denver, CO

#8 Sep 16, 2009
Bubba Joe,

Ease up. This is another top-notch job of reporting by T-S. T-S was correct...it was one car. The Benz is a car, and the Toyota, well, ehem, the Toyota was a truck. Which is different than a car, because it has a different shape, you see. It's all very technical stuff, this describing cars and trucks, so it's best to defer to T-S and accept that they fact-checked and proof-read their story...
Rest of the story

Fremont, CA

#9 Sep 16, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
One-car collision ends with major injuries (Headline)
"Eric M. Schwietz, 45, was driving his 1990 Mercedes Benz down Central Avenue in McKinleyville at about 4:30 p.m. when he allegedly collided with a Toyota Tundra,"
Please tell us T-S.... How is this a one-car collision?
The driver fled the initial accident, and crashed a second time when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the road... he was apparently ejected from his vehicle.
not good

Arcata, CA

#10 Sep 16, 2009
Eric was my neighbor for a while up in Trinidad. Really nice guy. I saw him all the time at the digger. He loved my potted veggie garden and how i moved it around my yard to follow the sun through the summer last year. Just spoke to him the other day. he was really nice, pleasant, and very well respected by all those who knew him. Life is short, he will be missed.
Dead or Alive

Fremont, CA

#11 Sep 16, 2009
The story said he was critically injured, not deceased... People are speaking of him in past tense... Did he die from his injuries?
not good

Arcata, CA

#12 Sep 16, 2009
I believe he did, around 2 or 3 yesterday. I could be wrong
Save the Humans

San Jose, CA

#13 Sep 16, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
One-car collision ends with major injuries (Headline)
"Eric M. Schwietz, 45, was driving his 1990 Mercedes Benz down Central Avenue in McKinleyville at about 4:30 p.m. when he allegedly collided with a Toyota Tundra,"
Please tell us T-S.... How is this a one-car collision?
The collision that INJURED the driver involved only his vehicle.
Ex-Ukiahian-Alas ka

Anchorage, AK

#14 Sep 16, 2009
"According to CHP, Schwietz may have been under the influence while driving and was likely unrestrained".
Under the influence?...Pot?
DUI

Fremont, CA

#15 Sep 16, 2009
Ex-Ukiahian-Alaska wrote:
"According to CHP, Schwietz may have been under the influence while driving and was likely unrestrained".
Under the influence?...Pot?
More likely alcohol... I've never heard of anyone driving that aggressively on pot.
Karma

Santa Rosa, CA

#16 Sep 16, 2009
He is in critical condition right now. Just be thankful he didn't kill anyone else. It's not fair that others have to pay for anothers stupid decisions.
What I see

Arcata, CA

#18 Sep 16, 2009
The accident occurred near my home... Today there are flowers and other rememberences at the scene. Not sure those would be there if this fellow was still alive. So let's try & remember this is someones loved one , son, dad or whatever & be respectful to his family.
neo-anon

Sacramento, CA

#19 Sep 16, 2009
It's a wonder someone,(and you know who you are), hasn't trashed toyota guy for persuing mercedes guy, inducing high speed flight instinct and thereby causing him to impact the bank.
Reading Comprehension

Arcata, CA

#20 Sep 17, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
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How can you people go to bat for the t-sub? It still isn't a "one car collision" OK? They are idiots over there and you supporters are idiot supporters.
The article is not as confusing as you are. Did you actually read the entire article? If you don't like the Times-Standard, then go read the Eureka Reporter... I think you'll have an easier time reading it, as they are not printing it anymore.
John Thomas

Eureka, CA

#21 Sep 17, 2009
Eric was my eye doctor and a great guy. He was the eye doctor for my sister and both my folks as well. I can't explain his behavior that day but I know that everyone is capable of making a mistake or a bad decision. He was a wonderful doctor and went out of his way to provide the best care for his patients. He took good care of my family. He will be missed.
Peggi

Fort Jones, CA

#23 Sep 17, 2009
Okey doke, I read the article, because reading the posts got me confused. Thought I'd copy/paste the first 3 paragraphs of the story for others to read.
"A likely Trinidad resident allegedly fled the scene of a non-injury, hit-and-run collision only to end up violently hitting an embankment, causing major injuries to himself.
Eric M. Schwietz, 45, was driving his 1990 Mercedes Benz down Central Avenue in McKinleyville at about 4:30 p.m. when he allegedly collided with a Toyota Tundra, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. Schwietz allegedly fled the scene and the Tundra's driver, David Kelley, followed him to obtain a license plate number.
Schwietz continued driving north on Central Avenue and as he approached the intersection with Little River Drive, he allegedly made an unsafe turning movement to the right, in effect, straightening out a curve to the left, according to CHP. The Mercedes left the roadway, hit a fence, went across Little River Drive and violently impacted an embankment. "
I think if you read this, some things might clear up the confusion that may be caused here on the forum.

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