Laguna Beach, CA Head On Crash Kills Seven, May 1953


Laguna Beach (AP) - Seven persons were killed when two cars crashed head-on on the Coast Highway three miles north of here Sunday, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Three marines in one car and two couples in the other were killed. Two other marines, the only survivors in the crash that demolished both cars, were injured.
Patrolmen identified the dead in a northbound car as CHARLES H. SHAFFER, 31, of nearby Fullerton, the driver; ANNA FAY SHAFFER, believed to be his wife; PAUL G. BOYNTON, 35, Los Angeles, and ROMONA MARY BOYNTON, 28, believed to be his wife.
There were five marines in the southbound car. The three killed were identified as PFC. ALBERT J. STACY, 18, the driver; PFC. WILLIAM AYERS, 20; and PFC ROBERT Q. SPRAGUE, 20.
PFC. ALBERT L. KEENAN, 23, was taken to Corona naval hospital with major injuries. PFC KENNETH L. FRIPONIE, 19, who escaped with minor injuries, said he was asleep at the time and could not give an account of what happened. All the marines were from Camp Pendleton at Oceanside.

Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1953-05-04