Waneta Lake, NY Two Car Collision Kills Six, Jun 1957
SIX TEENAGE STUDENTS DIE IN AUTO CRASH.
Painted Post (AP) - A stillness deeper than the usual hush of Sunday hung yesterday over this shocked village, home of six teenagers whose lives were snuffed out in an automobile crash at Waneta Lake near here Saturday night.
Villagers and classmates of the dead and injured, four of whom were to graduate from high school today, spoke and acted like people who had awakened from a bad dream to find it was true.
"It doesn't seem real! It's a bad dream!" said a 13-year-old girl, eighth-grade classmate of two of the victims.
Six of the children were killed and seventh injured when their car and another collided on a lakeside road as they were going for a swim at Waneta Lake.
Six Are Dead.
ROLAND LEINHOS, 17, driver of the teenagers auto and salutatorian of his high school class;
JACK VAN DEVENTER, 17;
and his sister, DOROTHY, 13;
PATRICIA BONZO, 14;
MARY A. MURRAY, 15;
and STANLEY BARTLETT, 17.
RICHARD GUMBERTS, 17, the seventh passenger in the car, was reported in good condition yesterday at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls. He suffered possible fractured ribs and multiple cuts and abrasions. Hospital authorities said he probably would be released in a few days.
WALLACE REED, 32, of Corning, the driver of the second car, told police that he was driving to his lakeside cottage with his wife and two children when the accident occurred. They were unhurt.
REED said he was about to make a left turn into a side road leading to his cottage when he suddenly saw a car about to pass him.
Ran Into Tree.'
The auto struck his in the left rear, REED said, then shot up an embankment and into a tree.
In Painted Post, as preparations were being made for funerals tomorrow and Wednesday, residents of this village of approximately 3,000 persons and the 58 remaining senior class members attended baccalaureate exercises at the high school last night.
"We are stunned," said Leo Harrison, principal of the high school, which has about 600 pupils in grades seven through twelve. "But we are going ahead with graduation exercises as scheduled."
Harrison said he had conferred with the parents of the victims and they had agreed that the "boys would have wanted it that way."
RONALD LEINHOS, JACK VAN DEVENTER and STANLEY BARTLETT are the members of the senior class who were killed. RICHARD GUMBERTS will miss the graduation but his twin, Harry, will be there.
MARY MURRAY was a sophomore, and DOROTHY VAN DEVENTER and PATRICIA BONZO had received their eighth-grade certificates on Friday.
The Times Record Troy New York 1957-06-24