Fort Myers, FL Two Automobile Collision, Sep 1958


Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 29. - (AP) - A rented auto traveling an estimated 90 miles an hour collided with a station wagon on a highway south of Fort Myers yesterday, killing the driver and four of five persons in the station wagon.
Two children were among the dead in one of the state's worst highway crashes of the year.
Only person to survive was MRS. MARGARET HOBBS of Meriden, Conn., mother of the children.
She was in critical condition in a Sarasota hospital.
Killed were JAMES KINNARD, 31, of Buckingham, near Fort Myers, who was alone in the auto; ARTHUR M. CHIRITREE, 68, and his wife, VIOLA, of Fort Myers Beach; DEBRA ANN HOBBS, 11 months, and her brother, RICHARD, four.
MRS. HOBBS is the daughter of MRS. CHIRITREE. Her husband operates a machine shop at East Berlin, Conn.
Policeman Charles Davis said KINNARD'S car was traveling about 90 miles an hour when it went out of control, skidded along the shoulders and swung into the northbound lane to meet the station wagon head-on.
The CHIRITREES operated a motel at Fort Myers Beach.

Bridgeport Post Connecticut 1958-09-29