Southampton, NY (vicinity) Automobile Crashes, Aug 1956

Jackson Pollock

PAINTER AMONG 8 CRASH VICTIMS.

Southampton, Aug. 12 (AP) - Eight persons were killed and four others were critically injured last night in two separate auto crashes in this fashionable Long Island resort area.
Six died in a smashup on Montauk Highway just west of here.
Two died in an accident near Easthampton, about 20 miles east of this community. Abstract painter JACKSON POLLOCK and a woman companion lost their lives in that crash. Another woman passenger was injured.
On Montauk Highway, three women met death when their sedan sideswiped one car and then plowed head-on into a second. Three died in the second car and three were injured.
Dead in the Montauk Highway collision:
MRS. EMMA DUNCAN, 39;
BRIDGET GREGERSON;
and MISS ELAINE CROSS, 30.
All three were teachers at the Northport High School.
WALTER A. SMITH, JR., 35, a Riverhead duck farmer;
VICTOR PRUSINOWSKI, JR., 26, Jamesport;
and his wife, VERA, about 26.
The injured:
JOSEPH A. SMITH and his wife, ANN, of Southampton;
and MRS. GENEVIEVE SMITH, Walter's wife.
Joseph and Walter were brothers.
In the Easthampton accident, a car driven by POLLOCK, 44, ran off the road and crashed in a clump of trees. MISS EDITH METZGER, 26, of the Bronx, was killed.
Injured was MISS RUTH KLIGMAN of Manhattan.
The injured were taken to a hospital in Southampton.

Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1956-08-13