Kokomo, IN Autos Collide, July 1966

3 AIRMEN, MICHIGAN MAN DIE IN WRECK ON U.S. 31.

An airman who was scheduled to be married on Saturday night was one of three Bunker Hill Air Force Base airmen killed in a two-car wreck late Friday night on U.S. 31 two miles north of Kokomo. A Michigan man also died in the crash.
Killed in the two-car collision were Airman Second Class STEVEN YECK, 19, of Dayton, Ohio; Airman Third Class THOMAS J. RAMIREZ, 21, of Gary, Ind.; Airman Second Class CARLOS L. GOMEZ, 21, of Los Angeles, Calif., and CARL BENKO, 44, of Niles, Mich.
GOMEZ was to have been married last night at Kokomo.
RAMIREZ and GOMEZ died instantly of crushed chests and multiple injuries and BENJO of a severe brain injury.
YECK died of head injuries shortly after admission
to Howard Community Hospital at Kokomo.

Wife Critically Hurt.
BENKO'S wife, who was in his car, was in very critical condition Saturday night at St. Joseph's Hospital in Kokomo.
Police said that the airmen were en route north and it was believed that YECK was driving. They said that the airman's car was traveling at a high rate of speed and had just passed a line of cars when the driver lost control as he cut back into his own lane of traffic.
The car left the road on the east side, skidded for some distance, veered back onto the road into the southbound lane and struck BENKO'S car broadside. The cars were total losses.
Investigating the accident were Howard County Coroner John Peacock, State Troopers Darrell Needler and Kenneth Kirk, and the Howard County sheriff's deparment.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1966-07-17