Local Musicians Injured in Head-On Highway 101 Crash

San Anselmo residents Daniel Uzilevsky and Erik Howard Smyth, who frequently perform in Fairfax, were returning from a gig in Cotati when they were hit by a car driving the wrong way on Highway 101.


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Two San Anselmo residents and musicians, who frequently perform in Fairfax, were injured in a vehicle accident when they were hit head-on by a Santa Rosa man driving the wrong way on Highway 101 early Sunday morning.

The two cars collided head-on on southbound U.S. Highway 101 northwest of Petaluma, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Daniel Uzilevsky, 42, and Erik Howard Smyth, 42, were returning to San Anselmo after a gig in Cotati with their band, Elephant Listening Project. This summer they had performed at , and the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.

Uzilevsky is a guitarist who has been in several local bands, including Chrome Johnson and Honey Dust.

A 2002 Mazda Protege driven by Dustin Troy Loff, 33, was first reported traveling north in the left lane of southbound 101 near Pepper Road shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to CHP Officer Marcus Hawkins.

Only minutes later, south of West Railroad Avenue, Troy's car collided head-on with a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder traveling south in the same lane.

Both vehicles came to a stop, blocking the two middle lanes and scattering debris.

Loff sustained internal injuries and major lacerations to his right arm, Hawkins said.

The Pathfinder's driver, Smyth, sustained head lacerations and complained of pain to his back and right arm.

His passenger, Uzilevsky, suffered a broken femur and ankle and left arm, as well as a broken sternum and ribs.

Both drivers are under investigation for driving under the influence, Hawkins said. Loff has two prior DUI convictions and is currently on probation which requires that he consume no alcohol.

The Elephant Listening Project Facebook page had an update on Sunday telling fans about the crash and said the two musicians are in a hospital in Santa Rosa. The post said “We are so thankful that they had on seat belts and the air bags deployed!”    

One friend has already started a fund to cover the duo's medical expenses.    

Check back for updates. 

— Bay City News contributed to this report

C Ross August 20, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Sending lots of prayers and healing thoughts for quick and full recovery... PS It really bothers me that they report that "both" drivers are under investigation for driving under the influence, when Loff not only has prior convictions but was driving the wrong way on the freeway!!! Come on, how much "investigation" does it require to determine who was at fault here?
Gail S August 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I agree with you. Throw Loff in jail and throw away the key. I know Eric Symth personally and he would never put anyone's life in danger. Leave him alone and let him heal in peace!!
Heather Thornton August 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Seriously! 3 strikes, lock him up!!! Jesus, he's so lucky that they all survived. ...and the article even gave Danny an extra 10 years! Good thing he's got youth on his side haha ...and lots of love and support to help heal them.
Carolyn McCoy August 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I think it is standard procedure that the investigation includes drug & blood alcohol testing with severe accidents such as Danny and Erik's with all parties involved. Although technically it is not their fault, they could still get into trouble if anything was in their blood and may hinder their case against the man who hit them. Yes, it all seems cut and dry, but the authorities need to cover all their bases in order to make a fair case against the DUI suspect. All we can do is love and send prayers to Danny and Erik, both of whom sustained serious, serious injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. To help offset any costs they accrue, there is a donation site set up and fund raising concerts in the works from the musical community. http://www.gofundme.com/12fg80
Cynthia August 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
For the record, the only thing broken on Danny is his femur. All the newspapers say femur, arm, and ankle...its JUST HIS FEMUR. And, as Heather said, he's 42 not 32;-)
Jessica Mullins (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks for the clarifications, Cynthia. Would you mind shooting me an e-mail at jessica.mullin (at) patch (dot) com? I'm looking for people to contact so I can get more information on the guys to make sure everything is accurate.


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