Platte City, MO Head On Crash Kills Eight, Nov 1953


Platte City, Mo., Nov. 5 - UP - Officers Thursday blamed "extremely high speed" for a head-on collision that killed eight persons in the second fatal accident in five days on a new stretch of U.S. 71.
The state patrol said there were no survivors in the Wednesday night crash three miles from the site of a two-car collision Saturday that took four lives. The new portion of highway has been open just a week.
A patrolman said both vehicles apparently were traveling at "extremely high rates of speed" and Sheriff John W. Lowmiller said a motorist estimated the new model Oldsmobile bearing six of the persons killed passed him at "100 to 110 miles per hour."
The victims were identified as RICHARD P. REINKING, 27, and his wife, CARMELIA, 25, of near Platte City, in one vehicle, and six young men in the second car.
They were listed as CHARLES (CHUCK) DiSALBO, 20, of Los Angeles, visiting relatives in Kansas City, and MIKE J. FERRERS, 20; JOHN F. TITTONE, 19; STANLEY DEAN, 19; MICHAEL T. NIGRO, 18; and CARL J. PACE, 19. All the latter five were from Kansas City.
REINKING was a star left end for Southern Methodist University in 1945-47. He was defensive signal caller during the Doak Walker era at SMU and was considered one of the best in the Southwest Conference in 1947.
The REINKINGS moved to Missouri a year ago to work with his uncle, A. C. Reinking, who heads a lumber company.
Lowmiller called it the "worst accident I've ever had to work." He said the victims
"were scattered all over the place."
The sheriff said he thought the earlier wreck that killed four persons was "as bad as they get," but "in five years of law enforcement work, this is the most ever."
Lowmiller said the REINKINGS had been visiting relatives in Platte City and were returning home to nearby Nashua, while the six youths apparently were headed toward Platte City.

Pampa Daily News Texas 1953-11-05