San Francisco, CA Two Auto Crash At Golden Gate Bridge, Jul 1970
BRIDGE CRASH KILLS 9.
San Francisco (AP) - Nine young people died Saturday in the shattering collision of a blue Porsche convertible and a maroon Mustang on a Golden Gate Bridge approach. Three young men were injured seriously.
Two young men and four girls died in the Mustang, jammed with nine people bound from a San Francisco beach picnic to a San Rafael rock festival in Marin County, California Highway Patrol officers said.
A man and two young medical secretaries were killed in the southbound Porsche.
Patrol officers said witnesses reported that the blue Porsche crossed the center line at more than 100 miles an hour and smashed head-on into the northbound Mustang.
The death toll of nine was the highest ever recorded in San Francisco in a two-car collision.
Coroner Henry W. Turkel said the three victims in the Porsche were:
ROBERT A. SYMONS, 26, of Orinday, the driver; and KARIN LYNN FELDMAN, 23, and MARY DEBORAH DOHERTY, 22, San Francisco roommates and medical secretaries.
Turkel said the six victims in the Mustang, all of San Francisco, were:
ALBERT F. URREA, 19, the driver; DEBORAH ABRAHAM, 16; FRANCESCA CAROLE ALAMSHA, 17; ALANA S. LEE, 18; DONNA SPANOS, 17, and SAMUEL JACK ADAMS, JR., 20.
Injured in the Mustang were LAURENCE LUCAS, 18; JOHN SIMER, 19, and CARL CAMPBELL, 21, all of San Francisco. LUCAS and SIMER suffered severe head injuries.
Highway Patrolman R. B. Nelson, said a witness reported that the blue Porsche
"went by like a jet" after leaving the toll plaza at the south end of the bridge.
"It went into the turn, went out of control and hit this other car," the woman witness told officers.
"It exploded, not in flames, but just flew apart," she said. Patrol officers withheld identity of the witness.
The Porsche's engine hurtled 272 feet beyond the point of impact about a mile south of the bridge toll plaza.
The sports car was flattened against the concrete wall of Doyle Drive, the four-lane elevated approach and exit route for bridge traffic into Lombard Street.
The front end of the Mustang was driven back into the car's back seat.
Lauretta Lee, 14, sister of Alana Lee, said Alana and her companions went to Kelly's Beach near Playland about 8 p.m. and planned to go from there to a rock festival in San Rafael.
Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1970-07-12