Recently a homeless man who wandered the streets of Utah pushing a shopping trolley was tracked down by a private detective. He had some money coming to him from an inheritance and didn’t know it. It was hoped the windfall would turn his life around. However good fortune did not always shine on Max Melitzer. TheBigRetort exclusive… it began with a rollover.
Penniless Max Melitzer may have inherited a fortune that many hope will allow him to turn his life around, however his has not always been a rags-to-riches fairy story: but a tragedy.
July 1990... It was a Tuesday afternoon...
A highway in Wyoming five miles east of Rock Springs.
The driver drifted off the road and overcorrected the vehicle, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Unfortunately all four passengers were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the car as it did a rollover.
Cindy Lee Jones, 36, died on the way to the hospital, and Glen Chrietzderg, 36, also of Ogden, died later at the University of Utah Hospital.
Janice Melitzer's, 44, the driver’s wife, died in the crash.
The driver, Max Melitzer, then also aged 44, was taken to Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital where he remained in a stable condition. He was the sole survivor.
Twenty one years later Max was roaming the streets.
Recently a police officer discovered him sleeping in a car in an Ogden salvage yard.
Was the rollover accident the trigger that set off a series of a events that led to Max pushing a shopping trolley with all his earthly belongings for over two decades? Was Max, burdened by grief, continuously visiting the crash site?
Max is said to have roamed the area between Salt Lake City and Ogden, the scene of the crash - and that‘s where fortune later found him.
We wish him much happiness.