Lincoln, NE auto accident, Sept 1922



Automobile Which She Was Driving Ran Into Soft Dirt and Turned Over - Lauthenschlager Badly Hurt.

Ruth Ward, eighteen years old, 1334 O, was killed and W. E. Lautenschlager seriously injured in an automobile accident late Friday afternoon. The Cole-8 in which they were riding turned over on the S. Y. A. road one mile west of West Lincoln. Mr. Lautenschlager received a broken jaw and was badly hurt internally. He has a chance of recovery, according to Dr. Harry Everett. Miss Ward was driving.

E. W. Thelander and T. W. Van Tuyl, farmers living along the S. Y. A. road, observed three cars traveling at a high rate of speed going northwest. They were reported to be traveling sixty miles an hour. A Dodge, the Cole-8 and another car with a Kansas City pennant were trying to pass each other. After going up the road a half mile the Dodge dropped out of the race. The Cole ran into some soft dirt at the right side of the road and then suddenly swerved to the left into a bank. The car turned over endways and was badly demolished. The windshield, the top, steering wheel and gear and a wheel were broken. The auto lay facing the south after the accident.

Ambulance Called.

Lautenschlager was brought to the city in the Castle, Roper & Mattews ambulance. The hearse was sent for Miss Ward. Miss Ward is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ward, 1334 O street, and two brothers, E. A. Ward, a barber on North Eleventh street, and Joe E. Ward. Mrs. Ward, the mother of the victim, was hysterical when news of the accident reached her and a physician had to be called to quiet her.

The directory gives the addres of W. E. Lautenschlager as 1992 Park avenue.

Dr. J. C. Thompson and Dr. Harry Everett conducted an X-ray examination of Lautenschlager at the Lincoln sanitarium immediately after the accident. He was found to have five ribs, his right wrist, a jaw and a finger broken. He was otherwise injured internally about the chest. The sanitarium doctors state that he has a chance of recovery.

Just before the accident, a Dodge car driven by A. R. Cannon of 923 Penn street, Kansas City, Mo., passed the Cole-8. He was accompanied by Miss Effa Orendorf, of the same address. They were on the way to Kearney, Neb., to visit a sister of Miss Orendorf, Mrs. Frank Foster.

The story told by Cannon and MIss Orendorf, and corroborated by others, was that Cannon drove up behind the Cole-8 and as it was not going as rapidly as he wanted to go, he speeded up to pass it. The Cole-8 speeded up, buty the Dodge passed it, going at the rate of forty to forty-five miles per hour. Miss Orendorf looked back once, saw the other car coming, wabbling a bit in the road, but claims she did not see the accident. She put on the brakes after she went into the ditch and skidded across the road, striking a ditch on the west side. When the front wheels struck the bank it turned the car clear around. Mr. Van Tuyl said the steering wheel was broken to pieces and Miss Ward, when found, according to Mr. Thelander, was bent over as if she had been thrown upon the wheel.

Mr. Van Tuyl said his son-in-law, Fred Mathews, were driving home from town when the two cars passed them. The Cole then was going at a moderate rate but the Dodge car came up at a rapid pace. After it passed the Cole, Mr. Van Tuyl said, it looked as if the "Cole was not going to take dirt from the Dodge" and they started a race. When they went over a hill a short distance beyond they were traveling rapidly and raised a cloud of dust. Within fifteen minutes after Mr. Van Tuyl had reached his home, the girl was brought back to the house fatally injured.

Sheriff Miller made an immediate effort to locate the two tourists in the Dodge car but did not succeed. Deputy Sheriff Hughart reported that two men driving a Ford truck some rods away from the scene of the crash, said they noticed a cloud of dust which the eye could not penetrate and speeding out of the dust cloud a Dodge touring car in which was a man and a woman.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 2 Sept 1922