DUBLIN, Calif. (KTVU) - Kaiser Dr. Ethan Sellers, 29, was killed in a fiery crash over the July 4 weekend, according to the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center Family Residency program director.
Sellers, who lived in Walnut Creek, "was a wonderfully humanistic person; an outstanding physician who really took the time to get to know his patients,” Ted O’Connell told the Bay Area News Group. “He was a gifted physician and would have been a brilliant palliative care physician. He had a infectious personality; a love for life, and he really cared about the community around him.”
O’Connell added: “The world lost a wonderful spirit; a gifted physician who was just beginning his career,” he said. “Someone who cared deeply about his community.”
Dublin police said the 2008 Mazda Miata Sellers had been driving, smashed into a light pole at a Dublin intersection at about 1:45 a.m. on July 5, killing him and his passenger, Matthew McEnerney, 35, of Dublin.
Preliminary evidence indicates the car veered off the road, struck the pole, and was engulfed in flames with the two victims unconscious inside. Police and firefighters tried to save the men’s lives, but were unsuccessful.
Kaiser Vallejo is holding a memorial for Sellers, open to the public, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Dr. Ethan Sellers Memorial Scholarship Fund, has also been launched, which will support higher education for underprivileged youth in Vallejo.
Donations can be made to the fund, care of Elizabeth Kleier, to Kaiser Vallejo, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA, 94589.