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California-Based Wine Expert and Family Injured in Accident


Daniel Sogg
Posted: November 10, 1999

Noted wine expert and educator Ronn Wiegand, his wife, Brenda Boblitt, and their 15-year-old twin sons, Ehren and Hubert, were injured in an automobile accident Sunday night in Sonoma.

Wiegand, 48, is in serious but stable condition at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo with six broken bones and a crushed pelvis. Boblitt, 52, suffered severe internal injuries and is listed as critical at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. Their sons are both in good condition.

The family's car was northbound on Highway 121 when it struck the side of a Ford van driven by Herman Woods, 51, of Petaluma, Calif. Preliminary investigation indicates that Woods lost control of his vehicle around a curve of the slick road and slid into oncoming traffic, according to Mark Bunger, public affairs officer with the California Highway Patrol.

Woods was uninjured, and alcohol was not cited as a factor in the accident. Wiegand and his family were all wearing seat belts.

Wiegand is scheduled for hip-replacement surgery later today and will be moved to a new location. His brother, Jim Wiegand, said that doctors have not ruled out the possibility of spinal injury.

The first person ever to become both a Master of Wine and a Master Sommelier, Wiegand publishes the industry newsletter "Restaurant Wine."

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