Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tables Turned According to Auto Story

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press of Wednesday, July 10, 1912. Alexander Poupard, who was injured in the Ann Arbor Road a few days ago by being crowded into ditch by some reckless automobilists, is getting along fairly well, but is not yet able to take his regular work. When asked what he would do if he were to find out the name of the party who was responsible for his injury, Mrs. Poupard said it would depend on the wishes of the Casler Brothers, for it was his effort to save the horses instead of himself that had caused him to be so badly hurt. It is claimed that the identity of the occupants of the red touring car which caused the accident is known, and the story, if true, forms a curious exhibit in accidents. It will be remembered that a short time ago Marvin Phelps and Dr. Louis Given of Jackson were the victims of an automobile accident between this city and Ann Arbor and that they claimed an Ypsilanti automobilist had crowded them into the ditch, causing the capsizing of their car and injury of a serious nature to Mr. Phelps. Singularly, Dr. Given, it is reported and one of Mrs. Phelps’ household, were two of the passengers in the suspected car (though neither were driving) when the accident to Mr. Poupard happened. The other two occupants it is claimed were Western Harvester men, whose business has brought them into this vicinity considerable of late. Like the unknown drivers of the car concerned in the other accident, the men accused of the Poupard accident drove rapidly on without pause. Upon reaching Ypsilanti, as the story goes, the harvester men made a detour, going behind “Hungry Hill” There was hazard as well as safety in this course, as it developed, for broken glass on “Hungry Hill” punctured one of their tires and caused considerable delay in their progress. Those who saw the adventurous drivers say that it was a Clark automobile, that it painted red and that it carried an Indiana banner. The car described in Mr. Poupard’s story of the accident was similar to this one and when men who had talked with the harvester party read of the accident the two cases seemed to fit together pretty well. No one has taken the trouble as yet to follow the matter up and to determine whether or not there is any evidence against the harvester men as rumored but it is probable that an effort will at least be made to find out soon and then to collect enough money to cover the cost to both Mr. Poupard and to Mr. Casler.

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