Serving in Excess
OR - Timothy Little, affectionately known to his friends as
“Skittles”, was in a near fatal accident on I-5, southbound
at mile post 68, at 1:02 am, Friday, April 22nd. He was driving home
from the controversial Club 71 in Sunny Valley where he had been drinking
with friends and family. According to witnesses and employees, the bartender
did not try to get him a cab or “cut him off” before he
became overly inebriated and left the bar visibly intoxicated.
In his new Toyota Tacoma,
Tim headed south down I-5 behind another vehicle and with 2 others trailing.
Striking the vehicle in front of him, driven by Kevin Sanderson, Tim
lost control and collided with the median, sending his truck into a
roll at which time he was ejected.
Sanderson's vehicle also
struck the guardrail, and it fortunately came to a “controlled
rest” along the outside shoulder according to the Oregon State
Police incident log. The entire accident was witnessed by Sanderson's
wife as she was driving the vehicle directly behind Tim on the freeway.
After the accident Kevin
Sanderson jumped out of his vehicle and into his wife's and told her
to tell the police that she had been driving the involved vehicle because
he (Sanderson) was driving with a suspended license. According to the
OSP report, after succumbing to neck pain, Mr. Sanderson admitted to
having been the one involved in the accident with Little. There is speculation,
however, that there was freeway play between Kevin and Tim that lead
to this accident and sources suggest that Little may have been run over
by another vehicle after he was ejected. According to witnesses on the
scene there was another man involved who fled just before OSP officer
Ken Snook arrived.
Two employees of
Club 71, came upon the scene of the accident and followed the ambulance
containing an unconscious Tim, and his visibly shaken father, Ron “Sarge”
Little, who had been the 2nd vehicle behind Tim on the freeway that
night. They all arrived at the hospital where they were joined by another
of Tim's friends and waited for the results of his injuries. Tim's injuries
included a compressed leg and shattered hip and pelvis.
Sanderson was also
transported to Three Rivers Hospital for treatment of a neck related
OSP officer Snook
tested the blood alcohol level of all those at the scene, even those
having left the club after Little. Tim Little's Blood Alcohol Level
(BAL) came back an astounding 0.22. He had arrived
at Club 71 sober and left at 3 times the legal limit.
Since Mr. Little had arrived
at the club between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm and Club 71's supposed closing
time is midnight, there is some concern as to the new manager and bartender's
abilities to do the hardest part of their jobs, monitoring and keeping
other people's drinking under control.
Tim and his father,
Ron, have been patrons of Club 71 since it opened in January and Tim
had been “cut off” and kicked out for 24 hrs on several
occasions by the previous management. He was known for not being able
to control his own drinking and Little is currently enrolled in a diversion
program for a previous DUII. All of these facts had been brought to
the attention of the new manager, Rob Haynes, two weeks prior in a scene
where the previous bartender was being reprimanded for having cut him
off. In that instance Little admitted to having had two beers at a friend's
house prior to coming to the club. However, the same was not true on
the night of the accident, as witnesses say he had arrived that night
“stone cold sober, and left stumbling drunk.”
Richard Larry Lacey, owner of Club 71, and counsel during
a recent injunction hearing.
Tim Little is currently
hospitalized at Portland University Hospital (OHSU) where he was flown
at 6:00 am that Friday morning. He has undergone extensive reconstruction
on his leg and hip as well as being treated for other injuries. He has
been in and out of consciousness, but has remained in contact with friends
and family in the Grants Pass area through his father. His only form
of communication is blinking his eyes in recognition, but he is pulling
Tim has been referred to
as a light in a lot of people's lives, and had the bartender and manager
of Club 71 simply done what OLCC has trained them to do, Tim would be
spending time with them all and not fighting to regain his life.