Columbus, OH Six Die When Auto Plunges Into River, Sep 1931
MOTHER AND FIVE CHILDREN DROWN IN SCIOTO RIVER.
Columbus, O., Sept. 4. - A Columbus mother and her five small children were drowned near here late Thursday night when their automobile plunged from the highway into the Scioto River. The husband was saved.
Those drowned were:
MRS. SARAH JANE REICHLEY, 29;
her children, CONRAD, 9;
ROBERT and RAYMOND (twins), 4;
and CHARLES, 2.
PATRICK H. REICHLEY, 3; the husband and father, was thrown clear of the automobile as it left the road. The others were pinned in the car, which fell into 20 feet of water.
REICHLEY told authorities he had been having trouble with the steering gear. Something went wrong as he was driving along a narrow road by the river, he said.
An emergency squad from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office aided in recovering the bodies. Efforts were made to revive the mother and children by artificial respiration, but all had been in the water too long.
Only one window of the car was open, preventing the victims from escaping.
"It all happened too quickly," said Reichley, covering his eyes. "I can't think. I didn't have a chance. Everything is like a blank in my mind."
The father, who had lost his entire family in the tragedy, was almost incoherent in his attempts to discuss the accident. He was on the verge of complete collapse.
The Times Recorder Zanesville Ohio 1931-09-04