Tucson, AZ Automobile Collision, Jan 1970


Two University of Arizona students in a customized 1932 roadster and a middle-aged Tucson man were killed early today when their autos collided head-on about five miles west of Silverbell Road on West Speedway Blvd.
The victims were MICHAEL JOHN GALLAGHER, 20, of 1425 N. Park Ave., driver of the modified Model A Ford; his passenger, BETSY JANE BAUM, 19, of Arizona Hall, and the other driver, BERNARD GEORGE REICHARDT, 56, of 777 N. Camino de Oesta, a painting contractor.
The two cars slammed together so violently that the roadster was "wrapped around" the other, Sheriff Deputy Ralph Taylor said. The city and rural fire departments were called to help extricate the bodies.
Taylor said there were no witnesses to the crash but that the point of impact indicated that GALLAGHER was traveling in the wrong lane at a high rate of speed.
GALLAGHER, a junior at UA, was from Glenview, Ill., and MISS BAUM, a sophomore, from Overland Park, Kan.
Taylor said that as a matter of routine, blood alcohol tests will be made on the bodies but that apparently liquor did not figure in the 1 a.m. tragedy.
The deaths shot the county's 1970 toll to 13 compared to six at this time last year.

Tucson Daily Citizen Arizona 1970-01-30