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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missing E

Hayward, CA

#139 Oct 2, 2009
I agree with you , I knew Eric very well. He was a good friend. He had to feel that he was threatened or something to make him leave the scene. Something stinks about the way it is written. Almost like brushing it away.
Investigating the events wrote:
I know Eric well--this is quite out of character for him. I can imagine his getting into a minor "bumper bender", pulling over and getting out, confronting an angry person who then set him off, then his walking away, getting back into his car and driving off. Then, the other driver in the truck chasing after him, causing him to drive way too fast, loosing control at the end of Central Ave. where there's the hard left turn at the intersection of Little River Dr., hitting the chain-link fence, causing him to flip over, ejecting him through the sunroof, landing him on the pavement and his car on the embankment. ARE THERE ANY WITNESSES TO THIS OTHER THAN THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK?
Hudson

Boulder, CO

#141 Oct 2, 2009
Bravo to those of us who knew Eric. If you are going to his service tomorrow please tell the family he is missed and we know what a great guy he was and will always have a place in our hearts for him. I will not engage in running arguments with hate mongers...tho Eric would have gotten a laugh out of this. Good luck on your next trip Eric. Hope to see you again.
a friend

AOL

#142 Oct 3, 2009
Eric was a good person.
He worked very hard to pursue his dream of becoming an opthamologist.
Eric went out of his way to help others. He used his expertise in the hills of Kentucky to the third world countries in the Carribean, Africa, etc.
His death was a tragedy. His life was to short.
Eric will be missed, and is missed. I'm glad I had a chance to know him.
My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and acquaintances.

Sorry if this gets posted twice. I have never posted anything on the Net before.
VOR

United States

#143 Oct 3, 2009
"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.

The impact spun the Mercedes and ejected the driver onto the pavement causing major injuries."
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It almost sounds like the driver of the Tundra chased him down at a high rate of speed until he was run off of the road. Vehicular manslaughter maybe?
Tidbit

Lakewood, OH

#144 Oct 3, 2009
VOR wrote:
"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.

The impact spun the Mercedes and ejected the driver onto the pavement causing major injuries."
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It almost sounds like the driver of the Tundra chased him down at a high rate of speed until he was run off of the road. Vehicular manslaughter maybe?
Well, finally someone else gets it. Mr. Kelly's version is the only one we have since Eric is no longer with us. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts.
Tidbit

Lakewood, OH

#145 Oct 3, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
Why can't anyone get it through their heads? It's not OK just because you thought you knew him or because he was your friend. If he had killed one of my family I would own everything he had If he had killed one of yours you would not be so quick to dismiss this dui fatality. Give it up already. Eric put himself under this scrutiny by doing what he did. No a,ount of touchy feely can change the fact that no-one else got killed.
"If he had killed one of my family I would own everything he had." So, if I understand you correctly, suing that person's estate for "everything he had" would compensate for the loss of a family member. Interesting point of view but typical.

"No a,ount of touchy feely can change the fact that no-one else got killed." Perhaps it isn't "touchy feelie" but rather a simple memorial to a man who will be missed by family and friends. Maybe you should follow your own advice and "Give it up already." Oh yes, I assume you didn't read my earlier response to your question.
ms reagan

Louisville, KY

#146 Oct 3, 2009
Tidbit wrote:
<quoted text>
"If he had killed one of my family I would own everything he had." So, if I understand you correctly, suing that person's estate for "everything he had" would compensate for the loss of a family member. Interesting point of view but typical.
"No a,ount of touchy feely can change the fact that no-one else got killed." Perhaps it isn't "touchy feelie" but rather a simple memorial to a man who will be missed by family and friends. Maybe you should follow your own advice and "Give it up already." Oh yes, I assume you didn't read my earlier response to your question.
Tidbit ...a number have people have noted that Bubba Joe can't read. He certainly is stuck on a single point.What if blah blah. If his aunt had testes.....You know the rest. If you are attending the service today, I hope you find some peace. Bubba needs meds.
Kenneth Briggs

AOL

#147 Oct 3, 2009
Lets get the real and whole story right . What did the paper say about the whole story . Who is the judge in this case . You all tell the truth and only the truth .
missing E

Pleasant Hill, CA

#148 Oct 3, 2009
Tidbit wrote:
<quoted text>Well, finally someone else gets it. Mr. Kelly's version is the only one we have since Eric is no longer with us. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts.
That is exactly what happened. Eric was chased by Kelly, After Kelly was cutoff by Eric. DUI or not I do not believe chasing down another car until the driver crashes is legal. Is it? Maybe up there it is. Sounds like vehicular manslaughter to me. Every one knows what Kelly did. That is why there are no witnesses. Is Kelly a Bully?
Beth

River Falls, WI

#149 Oct 3, 2009
We just heard that Eric died on September 18th. He was a most compassionate human being. He was like a brother to my four sons, and we often visited with him in KY and CA. I understand he made mistakes - like any other human being. But he will be sorely missed, a spot of sunshine is now gone from the sky... He was much, much loved.
stunned

Louisville, KY

#150 Oct 3, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
Why can't anyone get it through their heads? It's not OK just because you thought you knew him or because he was your friend. If he had killed one of my family I would own everything he had If he had killed one of yours you would not be so quick to dismiss this dui fatality. Give it up already. Eric put himself under this scrutiny by doing what he did. No a,ount of touchy feely can change the fact that no-one else got killed.
Bubba, Why can't you get it through your head that not one person has asserted that this is OK ? NOT EVEN ONE. Are you having trouble with the fact that Eric was loved by many ? I promise you that if he had been a drug lord or thief he would still have been nicer than you. How much violence have you inflicted on people in your life??? Emotional abuse is a form of violence. I will light a candle for you tomorrow. " No amount of touchy feelie can change the fact that no one else got killed" What on this earth does that even mean....Those who knew Eric are bright giving people....I am sure none of these people wish anybody else got killed....That is more in line with how you view the world. Sorry you don't have a CDL so you can be encouraged to pay your child support. Sorry that nobody loves you.
Tidbit

Lakewood, OH

#151 Oct 3, 2009
Eric's memorial service was today. It was a warm, touching response to a son, a brother, a fiance, a friend who died too early. The church was filled; several people spoke, including a retired U.S. senator who praised Eric for his caring and concern for others. I believe the service helped in a small way to relieve the pain so many of us feel at his passing. Eric's family and friends shared stories, and I think we each learned a little bit more about Eric from so many different perspectives. Now he is at rest, and his family as well as his friends will struggle to cope with the terrible loss of a young man who left this world too early.
Beth

River Falls, WI

#152 Oct 4, 2009
We were gratified to hear of the praise Eric received at the memorial service yesterday. Having a state senator speak about him showed everyone that Eric was a highly respected, dearly loved individual. That is who Eric really was - a wonderful caring, loving person. Our hearts go out to all of his family; just know that everyone he treated or knew has been touched by his generosity, loyalty, and love.
grocery

Walnut Creek, CA

#153 Oct 4, 2009
I worked at the grocery store in Trinidad where Eric did most of his shopping. We even used to give him some of our not-fit-for-sale produce for his pigs. He was always of a sunny disposition and a kind demeanor. He shall certainly be missed by all who knew him. My only wish is that I could have known him better.
grocery

Walnut Creek, CA

#154 Oct 4, 2009
I worked at the grocery store in Trinidad where Eric did most of his shopping. We even used to give him some of our not-fit-for-sale produce for his pigs. He was always of a sunny disposition and a kind demeanor. He shall certainly be missed by all who knew him. My only wish is that I could have known him better.
kate osburn

Sublimity, OR

#155 Oct 21, 2009
update chris osburn hit run 9 24
omgitz2

San Francisco, CA

#156 Oct 24, 2009
Jeffrey Lytle wrote:
<quoted text>Heard or read? The truth is that he made a huge mistake and did not want to fess up to it through self-responsibility. How is it self-righteous to comment on the facts stated within the article?
I have not been venomous, rather realistic, but since you want to play mourning mind games, then you deserve this at the very least - Your Spitzer reference is typical for a socialist reasoning person shamed by their own family member's conduct trying to divert attention away from reality created by that conduct while thrusting ill founded references and propaganda onto others.
Too sad your brother is dead, but don't try to defend his poor conduct by attempting to change the conversations to disguise the facts within the article's write-up. This shows a lack of character on your part, wadr.
Jeffrey Lytle
McKinleyville - 5th District
Why are you so cruel and uncaring towards people who are obliviously in pain? What a flippin jerk.
Bill

Santa Cruz, CA

#157 Jan 14, 2010
Eric and I were college roommates for 3 years.
He was caring, free-spirited, wickedly smart, and would light up a room with his smile. I'm confident he packed more good deeds, and good fun, into his life than most could ever dream of.
I'll miss you Eric,
Bill
hamburger

Escondido, CA

#158 Feb 7, 2011
did anyone witness an accident on Central ave on 2-5-11

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