TWO INJURED WHEN CAR FLIES OFF CLIFF
May 01, 2001 11:00 pm

A Cadillac carrying two people went over a cliff near the second bridge on North Bank Chetco River Road Saturday night, authorities reported.

John David Ellis, 40, of Dusty Road, was eastbound on North Bank Road when the 1984 Cadillac he was driving left the road for unknown reasons, said an Oregon State Police trooper.

The car came to rest about 100 feet down the cliff with Gary Stickelburger, 57, Crescent City, still inside, authorities said.

It is unknown how Ellis got out of the car, authorities said.

The Brookings Fire Department, along with members of the Cal-Ore Lifeflight team, removed Stickelburger from the car by hauling him up the cliff with a rope.

I had dozed off. I remember going off the cliff then it was quick after that. It was too quick to be afraid, Stickelburger said Monday from his Sutter Coast Hospital room.

Thank God I had my seat belt on. If I hadnt, I wouldnt be talking to you right now, he added.

He was being treated for glass cuts and a broken left knee. He was unsure when he will be released from the hospital.

After being treated for minor injuries at Curry General Hospital, Ellis was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended and driving uninsured, the state police said. He was lodged in Curry County Jail.

The car was considered a total loss and removed from the cliff Sunday by Worlton Auto Body, state troopers said.