Casa Grande, AZ (vicinity) Automobile Crashes, Dec 1956



Six people were killed, seven others critically injured and eight suffered lesser injuries in a series of three accidents in western Pinal County on Sunday. Two of the crashes were just on the outskirts of Casa Grande, the third was near Maricopa.
It was the most unusual concentration of fatal highway accidents in this area in months and came in a 24-hour period when "death on wheels" was rampant in Pinal County. Of 11 traffic deaths in the state during the period, nine occurred in this county.
The 11 deaths brought Arizona's road toll for the year to 427, or 12 higher than the total for 1951, the previous record year.
First of the three crashes in this area was one just after midnight Saturday on a county road near Maricopa. Killed in the two-car crash were TONY HERNANDEZ of Stanfield, driver of one of the vehicles, and ARELLANO CAZAREZ and MANUEL MAYNES.
CAZAREZ was a passenger in HERNANDEZ' car along with his brother, FORTINO, who was critically injured. MAYNES, 17, was riding in a truck driven by JOE RICO, Stanfield, with NUNES ANYALA and RIOS JOSE RODRIQUES, who also was critically injured.
The other two crashes, both just outside Casa Grande's city limits, occurred almost at the same moment around sundown Sunday.
In one DICK RANDALL, 17, a Tempe high school student, and THOMAS VELOZ III one-month-old son of a worker on the Bianco Farms, were killed in a two-car crash at the intersection of Bianco and Selma Rds. RANDALL was the driver of one of the cars, and THOMAS VELOZ, JR. of the other.
Riding with RANDALL were DON GIRSCH, 14, Tempe, and RACHAEL CARRANZA, 16, whose father is a foreman at the Duncan Butler ranch three miles east of Stanfield.
Most seriously injured of the passengers in the other car were MRS. FELIPA VELOZ and her daughter MARY CARMEN, 10. They were reported still in semi-critical condition at Hoemako Hospital.
VELOZ, 29, and four other children of the family were released after being treated at the hospital.
Killed in the other crash, which occurred on the Phoenix Highway at the intersection of Cottonwood Lane near the Drive-In Theatre, was CLARENCE DANNA, 77, of Mesa. MRS. CHARLOTTE MYERS, 70, of Mesa, who was riding in the car was critically injured.
The accident happened when DANNAS car crashed into the rear end of a truck that was slowing down to turn into Cottonwood Lane.
The other three fatalities in the county resulted from as many accidents near Florence, near Oracle Junction, and on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Casa Grande Dispatch Arizona 1956-12-06