Eichenthal Son Killed After Being Struck By A Car In Austria

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Seth Eichenthal, son of former city finance director David Eichenthal and Bea Lurie, has been killed after being struck by a car in Austria.

The incident happened on New Year's.

Officials of Advantage Funeral Home on McCallie Avenue said they would be handling the services.

They said it had been difficult getting information about the incident and getting the body shipped back to the United States.

Family friends said the 23-year-old had been vacationing at Mayrhofen, a skiing resort in the Zillertal of Tyrol, Austria. It is located approximately an hour from the Tyrolean capital city of Innsbruck.

David Eichenthal issued this statement: "Seth Lurie Eichenthal died in a tragic accident while on vacation in Austria.  He was 23 years old. Seth was killed almost instantaneously after being struck by a car while walking alongside a road in the Innsbruck region of Austria in the early morning of January 1.

"Seth moved to Chattanooga from Brooklyn, New York with his family in 2002.  He graduated from Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA) and from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) in 2008. 

"He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012, and in late 2013 he received a Master’s degree in General Structural Engineering from Imperial College of London.  In September, he began work at his first full-time job with Ferrovial Agroman, based in Austin, Texas and Madrid, Spain. Previously, he interned with S&ME during the construction of the Volkswagen Chattanooga site.

"The family is working with the State Department and the office of Senator Bob Corker to arrange for the transport of Seth’s body back to Chattanooga for burial.  As soon as those plans are finalized, details on services will be announced.  Rabbi Susan Tendler of B’nai Zion Congregation and Rabbi Shaul Perlstein of Chabad Chattanooga are working with the family, as well.

Seth is survived by his father David Eichenthal, former Chattanooga City Finance Officer under then-Mayor Bob Corker and former President of the Ochs Center; Bea Lurie, President and CEO of Girls Inc.; and his sister, Emily Lurie Eichenthal, who graduated from CSAS in 2013 and is currently attending Occidental College.

"In his short time on earth, Seth had a tremendous impact on our lives and the lives of his friends and family.  We all are mourning his untimely death and know that his life was for a blessing." 

One article said it was on Highway 169 at the exit for Zell Am Ziller. 

An account in a German newspaper had a dateline of Rohrberg and said the incident happened on Highway 169. It says the victim was a pedestrian who went suddenly into the roadway in the early hours of New Year's day. He was struck by a car driven by a 59-year-old man on his way to work in the stables. It says the driver tried to avoid the pedestrian and he and his vehicle wound up in a ditch. It says there was no evidence that the driver was drinking.

The time was about 6 a.m. local time and about midnight Chattanooga time, it was stated.

The article says the victim had been spending time on a skiing vacation with Irish students.

It says a driver's license from Tennessee was found in his jacket. 

Another article said the victim ran suddenly from the right side of the road and that the driver veered sharply to the left while trying not to hit him. It said it happened on the Zillertal Road (B169).

Seth Eichenthal was a structural civil engineer who spoke several languages.

A friend said, "Seth's unexpected death will create a significant void in the creation of solutions to improve life on a global basis."

David Eichenthal later headed the Ochs Center and now heads the local office of the Public Financial Management (PFM) consulting group.

Ms. Lurie is the president of Girls, Inc.

The Eichenthals also have a daughter.

This is a link to the German article:

http://www.tt.com/panorama/unfall/7675381-91/junger-us-student-im-zillertal-von-auto-erfasst-und-get%C3%B6tet.csp


 


Police Seek Lookout Mountain Man, 73, Missing Since Friday; Van Reportedly Found At Trion

The Dade County Sheriff's Department is looking for Freddie Wooten, 73. Mr. Wooten was driving a 2002 Ford Windstar minivan with the license plate number, THM1418. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and navy pants. His van was reportedly found in a pool in Trion, Ga., with no sign of him. Anyone who has seen Mr. Wooten, or has information regarding the case, ... (click for more)

Dog Saves Woman From Fire At Highway 58 Area

A homeowner reported that her dog saved her life early Friday morning. At 12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived reporting a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire, but it was a challenge due to  ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Tubman Goat-Roping

Every spring there comes a bright day on the ranch when the straw-boss decrees a goat-roping should take place. What really happens is the veteran cowboys arm the greenhorns with some lariats late in the afternoon and take them to the pen that holds some Billy goats. This is before they get into bigger beasts -- horses and cattle – yet what appears to be easy most certainly is not. ... (click for more)

Football Mocs Receive No. 8 Seed For FCS Playoffs

The hugs, high fives and first pumps by the Tennessee at Chattanooga football players late Sunday morning let everyone know in Moc Nation that the Blue and Gold had received a highy-coveted seed and would be hosting a second round NCAA FCS playoff game Dec 6 at Finley Stadium at 1 p.m. "When the television announcers called our name as the No.8 seed (out of eight ... (click for more)

Missouri Hangs On, Turns Back Tennessee, 29-21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Missouri pin-pricked Joshua Dobbs’ bubble of invincibility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. The nationally ranked Tigers drove a stake in Tennessee’s heart with Maty Mauk’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt in the fourth quarter, held Dobbs in check most of the game and beat the Vols, 29-21, before 95,821 fans on a chilly night on the banks of the Tennessee ... (click for more)