Oakland, CA Auto Collision On Bridge, Jan 1937

BURLINGAME KIN KILLED IN BRIDGE CRASH.

THREE DIE IN FIRST TRAGEDY OF BAY SPAN.

COLLIDED IN RAIN.

THREE BURLINGAME RESIDENTS HURT.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Calif. -- The first fatal automobile acident on the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge today had claimed the lives of three persons, one of them the father of a Burlingame woman, and injured three others.
As arrangements were being made for the funerals, bridge and highway authorities began separate investigations to establish its cause.
The Dead:
FREDERICK MEYER, 67, retired Curzie, Minn., banker and hardware merchant, father of MRS. ALEXANDER DOONAN of 117 Park Road, Burlingame.
E. B. DeGOLIA, JR., Oakland, son of the prominent bay region capitalist who was chairman of the citizens bay bridge committee.
MISS AGNES HEALEY, Oakland, department store advertising executive.
The Injured:
ALEXANDER DOONAN, 36, Burlingame, manager of the Peninsula Stores, Inc., possible head injuries, severe cuts on face.
MRS. DOONAN, his wife, shock and bruises.
MRS. AMELIA MEYER, 62, Mrs. Doonan's mother, possible internal injuries, shock and bruises.
Condition of DOONAN and MRS. MEYER was reported as "fairly good" today at Berkeley General Hospital. MRS. DOONAN was at the home of her brother, O. P. Meyer of Oakland, district manager of the Peninsula Stores.
MR. and MRS. MEYER came to Burlingame shortly before Christmas to spend the winter with their daughter and son-in-law.
The four were returning home after visiting in Oakland when the accident occurred on the upper span of the bridge between the toll plaza and Yerba Buena Island during a blinding rain and wind storm shortly after 10 o'clock last night.
According to police, the west-bound coupe which DeGOLIA was driving crowded over into the east-bound lane and crashed head-on into DOONAN'S car. Both machines careened wildly over the wet asphalt and crashed into guard rails.
State Highway Patrol officers closed the traffic on the upper span until the wreckage was cleared.
MR. and MRS. MEYER and MR. and MRS. DOONAN were taken to the Berkeley hospital where MEYER succumbed to head injuries. DeGOLIA and MISS HENLEY, who was riding in his car, were taken t San Francisco central emergency hospital. DeGOLIA was president of Printing Plates, Inc., of Oakland.

San Mateo Times California 1937-01-11