Wickensburg, AZ Auto Wreck, Oct 1938

Auto Dealer Hurt In Crash Wanders On Desert, Delirious

WICKENBURG, Ariz., Oct. 3 James I. Maxwell, wealthy Arizona automobile dealer, who wandered delirious from the scene of a highway crash in which he was injured, today was in a critical condition at Wickenburg hospital.

Suffering from a severe neck gash and exposure. Maxwell was found near a desert watering trough last night by searchers.

Dr. Floyd B. Bralliar said the auto dealer, involved in a motor vehicle collision, agreed to wait at the scene until tow cars arrived. A passing motorist later noticed blood around the cars and notified Sheriff R. M. Robbins, who hastily formed a posse and started the search.

Two planes joined in the hunt but were forced down yesterday one of them, piloted by Ray Purvis crashing in a landing at Congress Junction, Ariz., Purvis and a passenger, Robert Born, deputy sheriff, escaped with minor injuries. The other plane, piloted by Floyd Murphy, was forced down on the desert when the gasoline tank sprung a lead{sic}.

Yuma Daily Sun, Yuma, AZ 3 Oct 1938