Michigan City, IN Car Crashes Into Truck, Oct 1937
2 BROTHERS DIE WHEN CAR HITS STALLED TRUCK.
CALUMET CITY MEN KILLED IN ACCIDENT NEAR MICHIGAN CITY.
The bodies of two Calumet City men, brothers, lay in a morgue here last night, the victims of an automobile accident, which occurred on Friday night on route 20, about one mile south of Michigan City, when the machine in which they rode crashed into the rear of a parked truck.
The dead are TONY SZAFRANSKI, 32, and his brother, BEN, 29, both of 437 Pulaski Road. They were killed instantly.
WILLARD SCHERER, 31, of 903 Logan Street, Hammond, driver of the machine, is being held by state police on a charge of driving an automobile while intoxicated. Locked in the county jail at LaPorte, SCHERER is also held for the coroner's inquest to be held Monday.
According to state police, SCHERER'S machine crashed into a truck which the driver, ALFRED KIMBLE of Three Rivers, Mich., had stopped on the pavement for repairs. KIMBLE, according to police, had placed warning flares around the truck.
The SCHERER machine was wrecked.
When Elmer Herrbach, local garage man, arrived with a tow truck, he found SCHERER lying in the wreckage, his head through the windshield and his neck resting on jagged glass.
"How am I doin'?" SCHERER asked as Herrbach pushed his head back through the broken shattered windshield.
SCHERER, after receiving treatment for lacerations about the face and bruises at Clinic Hospital in Michigan City, was ordered held under $5,000 bonds pending the inquest.
According to SCHERER'S wife, Viola, the men had left Hammond about 5 p.m. They were headed for South Bend on business, she said.
All three men were employees of the General American Tank Car Company in the East Chicago plant.
Bodies of the SZAFRANSKI brothers were taken to the Czechanski Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements.
The Hammond Times Indiana 1937-10-24