West Alexandria, OH Fiery Head On Crash, Apr 1959


Dayton, Ohio (UPI) - Four teenagers and a 2-year-old child were killed last night in a fiery head-on collision at the crest of a hill near here.
A man and a woman were critically injured.
Police said the crash occurred when the teenagers' car attempted to pass another vehicle at the hill top and crashed into the oncoming auto one mile west of West Alexandria on U.S. 35.
The teenagers were identified as:
and MARY SUSAN MONG, 16, both of Dayton;
and DON TOBIAS, both 18, of Eaton.
The dead child was LINDA ROOT, whose mother, MRS. BILLIE ROOT, 24, was critically injured along with FLETCHER CARTER, 18, Mrs. Root's brother, both of West Alexandria.
MRS. ROOT, CARTER and the baby were in one car and the teenagers in the other.
Police said the youngsters' car was headed west, toward Eaton, Ohio, near the Ohio-Indiana line, and pulled out to pass another.
The vehicle clipped the back of the other car and was thrown into the path of the oncoming auto.
One of the first persons on the scene after the crash was Rodney Prim of West Alexandria, who helped put out the fire in the car occupied by the teenagers.
"We then pulled open a door and a teenaged boy fell to the ground," Prim said. "Another blond-headed boy was lying on the back seat and a girl's foot was caught in the window and her body crushed under the car."
One of the cars belonged to TOBIAS' father, but it was not determined which of the teenagers was driving. MRS. ROOT was believed to be the driver of the other car.

The Times Record Troy New York 1959-04-11