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Richard D. Hord
05-21-2016, 05:29 PM
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.

05-21-2016, 06:08 PM
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

05-21-2016, 06:21 PM
Thank God he had seat belts installed. I doubt he would've survived without them.


bird 60
05-21-2016, 08:36 PM
Sorry about the bad news. Hoping for a quick & full recovery.

Chris......From OZ.

05-21-2016, 09:07 PM

I drive mine on the interstate quite often.

Even the front hubcap looks bent.

Hope he recovers quickly.


05-22-2016, 12:16 AM
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........

Dan Leavens
05-22-2016, 09:17 AM
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.

05-23-2016, 04:41 AM
Best wishes from us Kiwis, so sad for you and your Squarebird.

05-23-2016, 11:35 AM
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.

05-23-2016, 01:09 PM
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.

05-24-2016, 05:52 PM
I too have been following this on Facebook forum. I wonder if there are any updates as to his healing??


-Jon in TX.

Richard D. Hord
06-07-2016, 01:09 PM
Ron posted this today on Facebook. God is good! Ron Dietzler, I got home from the trauma and rehab hospital today . lost my glasses in the crash and won,t get new news for a few days so limited on the computer plus my typing hand arm is busted up and in a cast

06-07-2016, 04:01 PM
This couple here in their '58 Chevy were not so lucky.


Richard D. Hord
06-14-2016, 05:07 PM
Judie Dietzler posted this on facebook. Thanks to all of my friends and business associates and especially my "Diva Buddies" that have been by my side ant the prayers, cards and hospital visits since May 14 when a drunk driver hit my husband in a HUMMER going close to 100 mph on Highway 84 as he was going to a car show in Payette, Idaho @ 7:30 in the morning.
The state troopers didn't think Ron would survive but by a miracle he did. The other insurance company asked if anyone else was in the car and I said YES, there was one other person.....God.
Please continue your prayers......It will be a long recovery. He has many injuries. Among them, he broke 3 bones in his neck and will need to wear a neck brace for an extended period of time. If he moves his neck he could be totally paralyzed.
He broke his left arm so severely that it took pins, screws and plates to put it back together and a concussion that caused horrible headaches plus much more. But he is alive........Every time he sees pictures of his TBird flattened on the Freeway he cries.....I gave him that car for Christmas the second year we were married and it has won a ton of awards. I went to Payette to salvage what I could from the car. That drunk driver destroyed a very important part of our history when he thoughtlessly got behind the wheel of a $100,000 WEAPON and aimed it for Payette, Idaho and my husband almost died.......SO IF YOU SEE SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN DRINKING CALL THEM A CAB OR TAKE THEIR KEYS AWAY FROM THEM OR YOU MAY ALSO FEEL THE GUILT WHEN YOU READ THAT SOMEONE YOU KNOW CRITICALLY INJURED A FAMILY, A COUPLE, A CHILD, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE.................I don't want to see another family go through this kind of pain. Together we can make a difference

06-15-2016, 12:49 AM
That's a very well said post on facebook by Judie Dietzler.

Like the old saying, "of all the parts that make up a car, it's still the nut behind the wheel that is the biggest problem".

Our thoughts & prayers go out to Judie & Ron with wishes for a speedy & full recovery for Ron.

Lex & Susan

Dan Leavens
06-15-2016, 08:36 AM
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Ron & Judie, as this healing process is ongoing. We are all very thankful, as the squarebird family that we can support Ron, with our members in the months /years ahead.

I don't want to see another family go through this kind of pain. Together we can make a difference

Dan & Marg Calgary

06-15-2016, 10:13 PM
Thank god they are alive. The Thunderbird did its job and saved there lives.

Richard D. Hord
06-24-2016, 07:50 AM
FROM Judie Dietzler

I just got back from taking my husband (Ron Dietzler) to say goodbye to our 59 classic ThunderBird that was destroyed by a drunk driver in a Hummer. Thunder gave my husband 28 years of pleasure. He robbed my husband of a gift he treasured that I gave him for Christmas 28 years ago but he almost robbed me of my best friend.....my husband.
The one lesson that I hope we learn from this tragedy is that every day we make choices..and we need to make those choices wisely because what we decide, no matter how large or small, could end up affecting someone else's life for the rest of their life. Decisions have consequences. (Good & bad)

06-24-2016, 01:42 PM
Behold the miracle that Ron is alive and mobile! Look at the car and tell me God did not have his hand on Ron. Yes, good-bye to his trusty machine but there are many of Squarebirds that come up for sale. It only takes money that I hope he will recover from the collision.

I know the loss is not only about money but no amount of money can buy Ron. He is walking away from a wreck that would have taken nearly anyone else, back into the loving arms of his wife, family and friends. This is a great day because Ron is still with us and he's on the mend.

Ron, you're a fighter and your wife is a fabulous mate and supporter. I cannot tell you how great it is to see you walking around. - Dave

Dan Leavens
06-25-2016, 10:57 AM
Dave very well written. The squarebird family continues to support Judie and Ron in his recovery from this terrible accident.

06-25-2016, 03:16 PM
Dave very well written. The squarebird family continues to support Judie and Ron in his recovery from this terrible accident.

Prayers go out to the Dietzler family