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Old 05-21-2016, 05:29 PM
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Hey guys, Ron Dietzler was driving his beloved '59 Thunderbird. He was hit by a Hummer traveling at a high rate of speed. He has a concussion, broken neck and broken arm. Please pray for Ron and his wife Julie as he recovers. Judie wrote "I have some news I would like to share with you. I am Ron's wife and Ron was on this way to a car show in his beloved 1959 Thunderbird Saturday morning and a drunk driver in a Hummer traveling approximately 100 mph hit the TBird. Ron is in the Trauma Unit at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise Idaho. He has a concussion, head trauma, 3 broken bones in his neck, His left arm was so broken it took pins, screws and plates to put it back together. He needs to wear a neck brace for a couple of months and not move his neck or he could be paralyzed. He needs to learn to do daily activities and dress using his right hand since he is left handed. Thanks to his administrators for helping take up the slack and welcoming new members while he is laid up. He adored that TBird since I bought it for him for Christmas the 2nd. year we were married. He really misses communicating with every one.
The state troopers didn't think anyone could survive the crash but both the TBird and Ron are strong........and maybe Ron had a special co-pilot or guardian angel.
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:08 PM
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My prayers are with Ron Dietzler and his family. I hope it's God's will that he pull through this terrible collision.

Thank You, Richard Hord, for the info and any future updates you get. I'm eager to know how Ron recovers. - Dave
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Thank God he had seat belts installed. I doubt he would've survived without them.

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Old 05-21-2016, 08:36 PM
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Sorry about the bad news. Hoping for a quick & full recovery.

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Old 05-21-2016, 09:07 PM
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I drive mine on the interstate quite often.

Even the front hubcap looks bent.

Hope he recovers quickly.

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I received the bare essentials of this accident just as I was about to go out the door to a granddaughters High School graduation. Richard asked me where to post this, and I suggested here. I was shocked to see the pictures, and the damage to both the car and to Ron. I suspect that seat belts and the material that '59 is made with, and his "copilot" had a lot to do with his survival. He and his family will be in my prayers as he recovers. As for his beloved Squarebird........

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Old 05-22-2016, 09:17 AM
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Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron for a speedy recovery. The pictures are sure nasty and as mentioned seat belts were probably one of the factors that lessened the potential risk as it certainly could have been a lot worse.
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Best wishes from us Kiwis, so sad for you and your Squarebird.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jopizz View Post
Thank God he had seat belts installed. I doubt he would've survived without them.

Yeah, I saw photos of this on facebook and agree. Did he install just lap belts or shoulder belts as well?

Looks like he got forced into the median and then rolled it over? The birds are solid old cars, but it's very good to see one help him survive a wreck like that.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:09 PM
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Thoughts out to Ron.

Nice to see the old Bird did it's job, protecting the driver. Cars of this era weren't built with crash protection like we have today. Being unibody, and it's gas tank isolated from the passenger compartment and mounted over the rear axle, I've always thought that the TBird would fare better than most. I think this example gives credence to that.

As a 'hard top', however, the roof is the weak point of any protective barrier. No roll over protection. Ron is lucky.
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