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Eugene police arrest man in car crash that killed four

There are 13 comments on the Oregonlive.com story from Jan 23, 2009, titled Eugene police arrest man in car crash that killed four. In it, Oregonlive.com reports that:

Eugene police on Friday arrested Matthew N. Ellmers, 24, of Eugene in connection with a car crash Wednesday night that killed two adults, two children and caused life-threatening injuries to another child.

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mitzigidge

Keller, TX

#1 Jan 24, 2009
Why were the cops assigned to find Ellmers still in the 7-11 10 minutes after the first 911 call? They didn't even exit the 7-11 until they heard the crash. Why too, was the Nile serving him drinks? What proof is there that he was intoxicated before entering that strip club? Since when was a witness proof of evidence, stating Ellmers was going in excess of 70 mph? So much could have been avoided. This was a tragic accident, yet the cops who are to protect us get off scott free?
XXX

Eugene, OR

#2 Jan 26, 2009
I know Matt Ellmers, when i heard his name on the news and that he was driving out of control drunk it didn't suprise me. He is an idiot and always will be and i'm glad he will be behind bars before someone else gets hurt :(
by standard

Prague, Czech Republic

#3 Jan 27, 2009
how do you know so much about him and you think he is an idiot. you do not no him you would never think that if you did, matt is one who is always willing to help with what ever you need. what he did was wrong, i am not denying that.
kateykat

Eugene, OR

#4 Jan 30, 2009
hi the 11 year old kid that died in that crash,jaziah, he was my friend. his neck snaped. my mom went 2 the funeral. i just couldnt go.it seems like just yesterday when we went to the park 2gether.it is just very very sad. the boy's grandma had a heart atteack when she found out. shes my neigor. i need someone to talk to. im realy sad and devistated.
Nick College Student

Independence, OR

#5 Feb 7, 2009
kateykat wrote:
hi the 11 year old kid that died in that crash,jaziah, he was my friend. his neck snaped. my mom went 2 the funeral. i just couldnt go.it seems like just yesterday when we went to the park 2gether.it is just very very sad. the boy's grandma had a heart atteack when she found out. shes my neigor. i need someone to talk to. im realy sad and devistated.
-go talk to a therapist. I am sorry to hear about your loss of your friend, and the additional stress it has caused you and your loved ones. It is not healthy to hold in grief. Let it out and talk about it, you will feel much better.
wildtiger2307

Mesa, AZ

#6 Feb 8, 2009
matt is not an idiot he is a very caring person and it is tearing him apart inside to know that he killed four people he made a mistake a big one but everybody makes mistakes some have consequences and some dont this one will and he is willing to face it but u uys dont know matt so please dont jugde him put yourself on his side of this this is his first dui ever one mistake messed his life forever think about it before u go talkin trash

“Not 18- pay my own tuition”

Since: Jan 09

Independence, OR

#7 Feb 9, 2009
wildtiger2307 wrote:
matt is not an idiot he is a very caring person and it is tearing him apart inside to know that he killed four people he made a mistake a big one but everybody makes mistakes some have consequences and some dont this one will and he is willing to face it but u uys dont know matt so please dont jugde him put yourself on his side of this this is his first dui ever one mistake messed his life forever think about it before u go talkin trash
-all I know is he killed 4 people driving drunk! Kids too! That's enough to pass the judgment that he is a piece of shit, period. He killed four people while DUI! Give him a couple decades in prison! He is done.
wildtiger2307

Mesa, AZ

#8 Feb 11, 2009
no he is not an piece of trash our lord and savior is the person he will have to answeer to not u you are not god so get over it and put yourself in matt shoes or if u have kids what u would do and then talk to me
till you face it then u dont know what u would do everybody makes mistakes just some get caught and other get off free im sure u made some mistake in ur life
Nick College Student

Independence, OR

#9 Feb 12, 2009
I'd put myself in his shoes except I would NEVER drive drunk, therefore it is virtually impossible for me to kill 4 people while doing so. Yes, I have made some mistakes in my life, even legal ones. However, none of them cost four people their lives. Stick to the issue of the innocent people who are now deceased as a result of this young mans horribly fatal decisions...the judge is going to.
smudge

Ashburn, VA

#10 Feb 13, 2009
In China, this scumbag would receive a well placed bullet in the head, and have his organs harvested. He deserves nothing more here.
Katie

AOL

#11 Feb 13, 2009
mitzigidge wrote:
Why were the cops assigned to find Ellmers still in the 7-11 10 minutes after the first 911 call? They didn't even exit the 7-11 until they heard the crash. Why too, was the Nile serving him drinks? What proof is there that he was intoxicated before entering that strip club? Since when was a witness proof of evidence, stating Ellmers was going in excess of 70 mph? So much could have been avoided. This was a tragic accident, yet the cops who are to protect us get off scott free?
I work in an ER and I see this sort of thing a lot. When a patient comes in from a fatal car crash, they are automatically tested for an alcohol level by blood and this determines if there will be certain charges brought against him or not. Eye witness accounts for some of the evidence against this young man, but the wreck itself can be evidence enough, afterall 4 people lost their lives in a wrongful death.
Emotions run very high for all parties involved. The young man who was drinking and driving has family and no doubt they are devastated by his actions because the damage can not be undone, but the families of these 4 people are equally devastated because they don't ever get to see their loved ones again and they didn't even get to say goodbye, at least Matthew can say goodbye before doing his stint in prison and can see his family members when they come to see him in prison once a week. So the loses are huge and the pain is overwhelming for everyone who knows these people. This is why the laws against driving drunk have gotten harder over the years because people just don't think it will ever happen to them.
My brother's best friend was killed by a drunk driver in Springfield in 1987. I miss him. The guy who hit him was well into his 60's and been driving drunk and crashing into other folks and objects for decades, his punishment? A slap on the wrist and fined, he saw no jail time! this is when the laws were much more lienent for old white drunk drivers. I am glad to see things have changed.
YYY

Eugene, OR

#12 Aug 23, 2009
Well if you obviously knew the real Matt then you would know that he did not intentially cause that accident that night.
Yes he messed up yes he will pay for it for the rest of his life.... like he should.
But can you sit there and say that you have never drank and then got behind the wheel of a car.. I doubt it. Most people cant if they have ever drank.
he did and killed 4 people and ruined the lives of many..
So next time you drink and drive remember you are no saint either!!!!!!!
sbuch4

Vancouver, WA

#13 Apr 17, 2015
Today at my school, one of the police officers at this scene shared this story to us. Hearing it was devastating and I bawled. Matt is not a bad person, he just made a mistake. He will remember it the rest of his life, and will hopefully never do it again. But he is not bad.

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