Phoenix, AZ School Bus Accident, Jan 1941
GIRL DIES IN SCHOOL BUS CRASH.
Phoenix, Ariz. - Driven into a boulevard without stop, the automobile of a Chandler farmer smashed into a Roosevelt School bus yesterday afternoon, killing one and injuring six of the 17 homeward bound children. The accident happened at Broadway Road and South 16th Street.
ALICE STRINKER, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Strinker, Southern Avenue near 24th Street, was killed instantly, when, with two other children, she was hurled from the bus by the impact, and struck her head on the pavement.
It was the 22nd fatality resulting from motor vehicle accidents in Arizona since January 1.
Driver Was "Late"
LEE A. SMITH, 44, Chandler, told officers, he was "late for a Phoenix appointment." He said he slowed down but didn't stop as he drove north on 16th Street, and crashed into the right rear of the eastbound bus driven by W. J. SUTTER, Route 22, Box 253.
The crash spun both vehicles completely around. The injured children - some taken from the bus and others from a ditch 40 feet from the collision point, were:
ROBERT FURNALD, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall P. Furnald, Route 12, Box 786, who suffered a severe head cut and bruises.
DWIGHT FURNALD, 9, brother of ROBERT, possible internal injuries.
NORMILLA McFARLAND, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George L. McFarland, simple fracture of the upper leg.
JIMMY SULLIVAN, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Sullivan, 24th Street and Southern Avenue, a head cut.
JIMMY WEST, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. West, Route 12, Box 1085, head cuts and bruises.
ANNIE RUTH DUNCAN, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Duncan, Route 12, Box 1082, a bruised leg.
All were treated in St. Joseph's Hospital, where the FURNALD boys and the McFARLAND girl remained. None was critically injured, a physician said.
Neither Driver Is Hurt.
The 10 other children and both drivers were uninjured.
The STRINKER and McFARLAND girls and ROBERT FURNALD were hurled from windows or the back door into a ditch.
Also in the ditch were school books torn from their bindings, three shoes belonging to the youngsters, and a crumpled mass of metal which was the right rear fender of the bus.
In the bus itself, lone reminder of the tragedy, was a single shoe from a foot of ALICE STRINKER.
Smith told deputies he "wasn't going fast but couldn't stop: for the boulevard.
Mrs. B. L. Wiggins, 16th Street and Broadway, an eyewitness to the tragedy, told the officers Smith was traveling at high speed and ran into the boulevard without stopping.
Driver Ordered Held.
Smith told Darrell Parker, deputy county attorney, that he had four drinks of whiskey earlier in the afternoon. After the questioning, Mr. Parker ordered Smith held in jail until the inquest which probably will be tomorrow afternoon, according to Harry Westfall, coroner, who went to the accident scene.
The bus driver told officers he didn't see the Smith car until he caught its approach from the corner of his eye almost as the crash occurred.
He said he had started from the school with 45 children but 28 already had debarked.
The victim is survived, in addition to her parents, by a brother, Joseph, Jr., and three sisters, Norma, Margie and Evelyn, all of Phoenix.
Arizona Independent Republic Phoenix Arizona 1941-01-29