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Pottstown, PA Automobile Accident, Apr 1927

HOOK YOUTH IS KILLED, TWO GIRL COMPANIONS HURT.

THOMAS R. TARMAN, 24, LOSES LIFE IN MIDNIGHT CRASH NEAR POTTSTOWN.

MISS ROSE SCOTT AND MRS. WILLIAM F. MAHON BADLY INJURED.

A Marcus Hook young man was killed and two young women companions, one a resident of this city and the other of Aston Township, were probably fatally injured, shortly before last midnight, on the West Chester Pike, five miles west of Pottstown, when their automibile crashed against an abutment of a bridge over French Creek.
The dead:
THOMAS RUSSELL TARMAN, 24 years old, of 44 Spruce Street, Marcus Hook, crushed skull and internal injuries.
The injured:
MRS. WILLIAM FRANCIS MAHON, 22 years old, of 614 Potter Street, internal and head injuries, fracture of right leg and fracture of right cheek and jaw bones. Condition serious.
MISS ROSE SCOTT, 21 years old, of Llewelyn, near Rockdale, fractured skull, internal injuries, broken nose and lacerations of head and face. Condition serious.
Both women are now patients in the Pottstown Hospital to which they were admitted a short time after the accident.
TARMAN had invited the young women to accompany him on a trip to Pottstown, and it was when returning home, about 11:30 o'clock, that the car being operated by TARMAN, after crossing the bridge over the creek, failed to make a sharp curve on the other side and crashed against a stone abutment wall.
The occupants were hurled from the vehicle to the roadway where they were found a short time later by other motorists attracted to the place by flames from the automobile which was destroyed. The man and women were taken to the hospital.
TARMAN died at 3:25 o'clock this morning without regaining consciousness.
Upon regaining consciousness, MRS. MAHON said: "We were going along at a fast speed and suddenly, after crossing the bridge, I saw a stone wall loom up in front of us. I shouted to TARMAN but it was too late and that is all I remember."
MRS. MAHON, who is the mother of two children, Gladys Florence, 3 years old, and Mabel Edith, 10 months old, explained that TARMAN has been under treatment for defective vision and attributes this as the cause for the accident.
She is employed in a mill in the eastern section of the city and with her children resides with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bradford, at the Potter Street address. Mrs. Bradford told a Times reporter this morning that about 6:30 o'clock last night, her daughter's friend, MISS SCOTT, stopped at the house and invited her to take a ride with a young man. About 1 o'clock this morning, word of the accident was received.
The two youngsters of MRS. MAHON'S are beautiful chibby little girls. The younger one, Mabel Edith, ten months old, has never been seen by her father, who is in a sanatorium at Hamburg suffering from tuberculosis. The older is Gladys Florence, three years old, a blonde, blue-eyed, plump child.
Mrs. Bradford said that her daughter, MRS. MAHON, had been greatly concerned over her husband's health. She had been worrying to such an extent that she was losing her health. As a result her friends, in an attempt to cheer her and had urged her to go on the automobile ride yesterday, Mrs. Bradford said.
At the TARMAN home, the young man's brother Roy, said THOMAS, when he left home in his car about 6:15 o'clock, said he had "a date" and would be late returning home. TARMAN, and also MISS SCOTT, were employed at a Marcus Hook industry.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1927-04-07

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