Friday, April 17, 2009

Jay-walker hit by car, injured, autos damaged

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Monday, April 16, 1934.

Injuries were sustained by one pedestrian and property was damaged in a series of automobile accidents in and near Ypsilanti over the weekend reports of city and state police reveal.

Fred Miller, 513 Washtenaw Ave. has a fractured left leg and a broken right collar bone as result of having been struck Saturday by a car operated by E. D. Nelson, 1644 Palister ST. Detroit. According to police report. Mr. Miller was crossing the street in the middle of the block when the accident occurred.

Nr. Nelson was driving west in the 100 block of W. Michigan AVe. and, according to witnesses, was going only about 15 miles an hour.

Police at 12:30 Sunday morning apprehended Adolph Kappler 414 N. Ashley St. Ann Arbor, when he backed his car into a boulevard light pole on Michigan Ave. near Huron St. He was ordered to appear in municipal court today and present his driver's license.

Louis Johnson, 46 Darrice St. Highland Park, Sunday evening agreed to pay for damages done the shell Gasoline Station at the corner of Michigan and First Aves. when it was struck by a car operated by Nathaniel Mellerson, Detroit, Mellerson was driving Mr. Johnson's car and had turned into the gasoline station to repair a punctured tire. He was unable to stop the machine in time to avoid striking two five gallon oil containers and the side of the building. Force of the impact knocked the structure out of line, according to police report.

Mr. Johnson loaned the car to Mellerson and three other boys, Edward Johnson, Severe Robinson and James Bolton, officers were informed.

A large quantity of empty beer bottles were destroyed in an accident at about 4:30 this morning when a trailer transporting them turned over. No one was injured in the mishap.

According to Trooper Gerald Flinn of the state police who investigated, the truck and trailer driven by Clyde Seward, Kalamazoo was traveling east on Ecorse Rd. when a machine driven in the opposite direction by an unidentified motorist sideswiped the truck. The truck driver attempted to avoid the crash and the wheels of the trailer struck the soft shoulder causing it to upset.

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