New Orleans, LA Jayne Mansfield Dies in Auto Wreck, Jun 1967
The children were riding in the back seat, police said.
The men were thrown against the windshield.
The car owned by GUS STEVENS, a Biloxi, Miss., restaurateur whose place the MANSFIELD party left around 1 a. m., was driven "almost all the way under the truck," a highway patrolman said.
The Ruston Daily Leader Louisiana 1967-06-29
Car Crash Kills JAYNE MANSFIELD
NEW ORLEANS (UPI) - JAYNE MANSFIELD, the curvaceous "smartest dumb blonde" of movies, was killed early today when the chauffeured auto in which she was riding smashed into a slow moving truck on a winding road.
The truck had slowed behind an insecticide spray truck "fogging" the area for mosquitoes. The top of the auto was torn up so badly that at first it was thought to be a convertible.
MISS MANSFIELD was 34.
The smashup occurred 15 miles from downtown New Orleans on a winding, narrow, two-lane road, U. S. Highway 90, which approaches New Orleans from the Mississippi border and is known as a treacherous stretch of roadway in the area.
MISS MANSFIELD; her lawyer, SAM BRODY, of Los Angeles; and RONNIE HARRISON, 20, of Mississippi City, Miss., who was the chauffeur loaned MISS MANSFIELD by her host at a night club, were killed.
Her three children from her divorce-ended marriage to Hungarian muscleman MICKEY HARGITAY : MIKLOS, 8; ZOLTAN, 6; and MARIA, 3, were slightly cut and bruised and suffered shock. The youngsters were treated and released from Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Officers of the police juvenile bureau cared for them while relatives made arrangements to come for them.
The truck driver, RICHARD RAMBEAU of Pensacola, Fla., escaped injury.
The impact drove the 1965 Buick auto with the MANSFIELD party almost completely under the truck, shoving the windshield and top down and back over the victims.
MISS MANSFIELD and the men, riding in the front seat, were hurled against the windshield.
A motorist, BRUCE CREVAS of Gulfport, Miss., said, "It looked as if she was scalped."
The children were in the back seat.
Officers found two little tan chihuahua dogs killed in the crash.
Two other dogs were found in the car alive and were taken to an animal shelter.
Assistant coroner DR. IGNACIO MEDINA said the bodies of the victims were"pretty well torn up."
The automobile was owned by GUS STEVENS, a Biloxi, Miss., restaurateur at whose night club MISS MANSFIELD has been appearing. The party was being driven back to the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for the night when the accident occurred.
MISS MANSFIELD had scheduled a noon appearance on WDSU-TV in New Orleans, on the "Midday Show" of the NBC Affiliate.
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