Woman, 76, killed by car on Cape
A 76-year-old woman was killed yesterday when she was run over
by a car pulling into a parking space in Hyannis, police said. Janet Schroeder,
of Yarmouthport, was walking in the parking lot of the Bradlees store near Route
132 around 3 p.m. when a car driven by Albina Marchi, 84, also of Yarmouthport,
struck her, police said. Police believe Marchi stepped on the gas pedal instead
of the brake, causing her to hit Schroeder. Marchi was charged with motor vehicle
homicide and driving to endanger.
Boston Globe, Wed, Nov. 5, 1997 ---
New England News Briefs, P. B6
Chelsea woman killed in crash
A chelsea woman who was drving a van without wearing seatbelts died in a rollover
accident in Saugus yesterday morning while her five teenage passengers, all
belted in, survived with minor injuries. State Police Sgt. Barbara Bennett
identified the woman as Ofelia Martinez, 51. Bennet said that police believe
"speed was a factor" in the accident at 7:25 a.m. on Route 1 near the Route
99 exit. Bennett said that Martinez was driving about 70 miles an hour.
The posted speed limit in the area is 45 miles an hour. A helicopter
evacuated the victims. Martinez died at about 8:30 a.m. in Melrose-Wakefield
Boston Globe, Wed, Nov. 5, 1997 ---
New England News Briefs, P. B6
Gas Pedal Syndrome? Hmmmmm
Cellular phone call eyed in fatal crash
WEYMOUTH - A Hingham man was killed in a one-car accident early
yesterday that police said may have been caused when he was talking on a
cellular telephone while he was driving
William C. Gean, 52, was
traveling east on Route 3A about 1:25am when the car hit a pole near the
Fore River Bridge in Weymouth, police said.
Police said Gean, who was
alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said there is no indication that speeding or alcohol contributed
to the accident, but they believe he had been talking on the cell phone
with his wife before the car hit the pole.
Gas Pedal Syndrome? Well lack of attention!
Boston Globe, Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997 ---
Driver is killed on R.I. highway
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. - A Providence woman was killed driving the wrong way
on a North Smithfield Highway, police said. Crystal Jackson, 36, was traveling
south in the northbound lane of Route 146A when she lost control and struck
a guard rail about midnight Thursday. (AP)
Boston Globe, Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997 ---
How do people do this? Read Next One
Truck in wrong lane hits car, killing 3 in Fall River
FALL RIVER - A head on colision Sunday left three people dead and two injured in a
three-vehicle crash on Route 24, State Police said.
Troopers said a pickup truck headed the wrong way in the southbound lane and ran
head-on into a car, which spun around and collided with the rear of another
car. The accident happened at 8:30pm south of Airport Road.
The driver of the truck and the driver and one of the three passengers in the car
it hit were killed. The other two passengers in that car were injured. Troopers
said the driver of the third car was not injured.
The pickkup truck driver killed was identified as William McIntosh, 49 of Assonet.
Troopers said the driver of the car hit by the truck was Gregory Souza, 19, of
Fall River. Killed with him was his passenger, Diana Cruz, 15, of Tiverton, R.I.
Roy Rego, 17, of Tiverton, R.I., suffered head injuries and a broken arm, and was taken to
Charlton Mmeorial Hospital, troopers said. The other passenger injured, Nelia
Silvia, 16, of Fall River, was flown to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center
Rego's condition was not available yesterday, because his parents did not give
permission for it to be released, according to a hospital official.
Silva was in the intensive care unit at the Boston hospital. No further information was
available on Silva's condition.
Seth Viveiros, 23, of Fall River, who was driving the third car, was not injured,
troopers said. (A.P.)
Why are they always heading southbound?
Boston Globe, Tuesday, December 16, 1997 ---
Cause of accident? Alleged Drunken Driving reported via friend of one victim.
Does anyone have a courtcase docket number or followup story for this?
4-year-old listed fair after crash on Auten
Casey Hazlep, 4, of the 1900 block of South Olive Street, was in fair
condition Friday in St. Joseph's Medical Center with injuries suffered early
Thursday morning in a traffic accident at Auten Road and Portage Avenue.
According to St. Joseph County police reports, Casey's mother, Patty
Beuley, 27, was driving west on Auten about 1:15 a.m. when she drove through
the stop sign and ran into some trees at the end of the road.
Auten dead-ends at the intersection with Portage.
But Ociffer, the trees jumped out in front of me.
South Bend Tribune, Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997 ---
1 driver listed fair after six-vehicle crash
Frank S. Kovack, 76, of the 1000 block of Bell Road, Niles, was listed in fair
condition tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Medical Center after being injured
in a six vehicle accident shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of
Cleveland and Ironwood roads.
According to St. Joseph County Police Department reports, Kovack was southbound
on Ironwood, trying to make a left turn onto Cleveland, when he drove into the path
of a car driven by Rose Marie Kromkowski, 69, of the 26700 block of Oakleaf Cove.
Kromkowski was westbound on Cleveland.
Michael T. Rhodes, 35, of the 600 block of Coronation Gardens, was in the northbound lane of
Ironwood stopped at the light when his truck was hit by Kovack's car.
Kovack's car then hit a car driven by Pearline Elizabeth Mays, 63, of the 700
block of Colfax, Benton Harbor. Mays was stopped in traffic in the eastbound
lane of Cleveland.
Ed Elm III, 27, of the 200 block of East Eighth Street, Mishawaka, was also in the
eastbound lane when his vehicle was struck by Kovack's car.
Elm tried to back up to avoid the accident and his car bumped a vehicle driven by Kara A. Masueci,
22, of Palatine, Ill.
Kromkowski and Elm were both released after treatment at the medical center.
Right Of Way? Ever heard of that Frank?
South Bend Tribune H, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 ---
Elkhart: Woman in serious condition
ELKHART - An Elkart woman was hospitalized in serious condition after a car-truck
accident Monday morning.
Police said Donald Richards, 32 of 26741 Ray Drive, was driving south on North
Nappanee Street, when a car driven by Marian Robinson pulled out of a restaurant
driveway headed east. Police said the impact occurred south of the intersection
of Nappanee Street and West Beardsley Avenue at 8:46 a.m.
Robinson, 78, of 28769 C.R. 12, had to be extricated from the passenger's side of her
car by the Elkhart Fire Department, due to the extensive damage to the driver's side.
She was taken to Elkhart General Hospital where she was admitted to the intensive
care unit in serious condition.
Robinson told police she could not remember what happened. Richards told police he could not stop
in time to avoid the collision.
Again with the right of way!
The Elkhart Truth, approx, Dec. 1, 1997 ---
MAN STRUCK BY CAR IN QUINCY DIES
QUINCY -- A disabled man has died of injuries
sustained when he was struck by a car outside a bakery last week.
John P. McGonigle, 45, died Saturday, three days after he
was hit by a car driven by 81-year-old Frank McGinniss. McGinniss
said the gas pedal became stuck as he was backing his Geo
Prizm into a parking space. McGonigle was thrown from his wheelchair
into O'Brien's Bakery, his family members told The Patriot
Ledger of Quincy. The accident is under investigation, police said.
The Boston Globe, 12/02/97.
DRIVER IS KILLED IN NORTH END
A Warren, R.I., man died yesterday when the car
he was in struck a building in Boston's North End, police said.
Francisco J. Gonzales, 39, was apparently preparing to get out
of the stopped car to switch drivers when his passenger, whose
name was not released, yelled, ``the car is moving,'' police
said. The passenger said Gonzales then hit the gas pedal, thinking it
was the brake, and the car crashed into a building on Atlantic
The Boston Globe, 06/01/97.
DRIVER, 10, KILLS MOTHER IN KANSAS
WICHITA, Kan. -- A woman who allowed her 10-year-old son to
back the family car down the driveway stumbled
while directing the boy and was fatally run down when he stepped on
the gas pedal instead of the brake. The 28-year-old accident
victim died at the scene Friday. Her name was withheld by
authorities. The boy was unhurt. Witnesses said the woman's son and a
friend wanted to play basketball in the driveway, but the car was in
the way. The boy at first resisted his mother's wish that he move the
The Boston Globe,05/25/97. SOURCE: (AP)
3 HURT ON CAPE AS CAR CRASHES INTO HAIR SALON
An 86-year-old man accidentally drove his car
into a Yarmouth beauty parlor yesterday morning, injuring three
people, police said. About 10:30 a.m., police were called to the Mr.
Roberts beauty parlor on Route 28. Witnesses said the driver
began to back out of a parking spot in front of the salon. His wife
was in the passenger seat, police said.
The Boston Globe, 04/26/96. SOURCE: By Kim Lyons
DEATH OF MOTORIST IS PROBED IN N.H.
BERLIN, N.H. -- Police are investigating the
death of Charles Glover, 72, whose van caught fire in his
driveway. Glover got into his van Tuesday afternoon and apparently became
unconscious, police said. His foot jammed on the gas pedal and
caused the catalytic converter to overheat and catch fire.
Two passersby pulled him out before the van was engulfed in flames.
The Boston Globe,01/05/95. SOURCE: (AP)
DRINKING LINKED TO N.H. CAR CRASH
NASHUA -- A Maryland man faces drunken driving
charges after a midnight accident in which an injured passenger
was rescued from a car before it caught fire. The car went out of control at about 12:30 a.m.
yesterday after a passenger put his foot on the gas pedal, causing
the car to run off the road into some trees, police said.
The Boston Globe,05/12/93. SOURCE: (AP)
DRIVER BLAMES PEDAL FOR ACCIDENT
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. -- The driver of a car that
plowed into a crowd and injured 10 people at an automobile
auction said the car went out of control after its gas pedal froze at
full throttle."It happened so fast I didn't have time to think,"
said Edward Clark,62, an auction employee who was driving the car.
The Boston Globe, 09/13/91.
TROOPER HURT AS CAR DRAGS HIM ON RTE. 3
A State Police trooper suffered cuts and sprains
last night after he was dragged by a car along Route 3 in Braintree
by a man having a seizure. The man awoke and hit the gas pedal when
the officer tried to revive him.
Trooper Jay Staples was ticketing two motorcycle
riders for allegedly riding in the breakdown lane near the
Union Street intersection at about 5:45 p.m. when he saw a car
in the center southbound lane stopping and starting a few feet
at a time.
The Boston Globe,05/27/87. SOURCE: By Alex Rothenberg, Contributing Reporter
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Store Front Accident!
DRIVER HITS, KILLS WOMAN IN CAR LOT
Goffstown, N.H. - A 40-year old Goffstown woman died in an accident
at a supermarket parking lot. Cynthia Whalon was walking to
her car at Shaw's Supermarket Tuesday when
she was hit by a car. Her 13-year-old son, Matthew, was seriously
injured. The car that struck her then hit six parked cars. Police said
Mary Downey, 89 of Goffstown, lost control of her car, but they do not
know why. (AP)
The Boston Globe,01/29/99. Page B5 SOURCE: AP wire