St. John's NF Automobile Crashes into Crowd, Sept 1924

Leonard Reid's Auto Kills 6 at St. John's; Two British Naval Officers Among the Dead

ST. JOHN'S, N. F., Sept. 16 — Six men. two of them British naval officers and two others soldiers in the World War, were killed when an automobile crashed into a crowd on the Topsail Road early today. Leonard Reid, whose father was Sir William Reid, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter as the driver of the car. Later in court, the charge was changed to murder.

The dead are as follows:

O'CALLAGHAN, LIEUT-COMMANDER J. D., of H. M. S. Constance, promoted only yesterday.

WHITTY, CAPTAIN G. J., Secretary of the Great War Veterans' Association, who won the Military Cross as a member of the Newfoundland Regiment.

KING, WILLIAM, a veteran of the regiment and of the Royal Air Force.

HARRISON, GEORGE, of Chatham. N. B., an accountant at the Bank of Montreal.

DUDER, CLINTON, of St. John's, son of District Grand Master Charles Duder of the Scottish Freemasons of Newfoundland.

Whitty and King were members of a party of fourteen veterans of the Newfoundland regiment who had held a reunion at a country inn and were boarding a bus beside the road. The British officers and others were in the car driven by Reid. They were returning from a late supper with friends among the crews of the British, special cruiser squadron which is anchored in Conception Bay. The veterans group were gathered about the bus, and four had entered the vehicle, when the seven-seated car driven by Reid, with eight passengers, came down the road and into the crowd with little warning. Whitty and King were killed instantly, the body of the former being hurled 60 feet into the roadside.

Reid, who was the third son of the man who was President of the Reid Newfoundland Railway and head of other Colonial enterprises, is twenty-five- years old. He was married three months ago to a Miss Parsons of Montreal. His bail was set at $200,000, of which he posted $100,000 and Robert Reid, his uncle, and Leonard Outerbrldge, a friend, posted $50,000 each.

By the death of Lieut. Commander O'Callaghan, who came from Cork, Ireland, an American woman becomes a widow. Miss Margaret Olivier of New Bedford, Mass., was married to the British officer at Brookline, Mass., Nov. 5. 1923.

Because of the deaths, all of the remaining events in the elaborate program planned by the Citizens' Committee for the reception of the British squadron were canceled tonight.

Sept. 17, 1924 edition of "The New York Times"