Hobe Sound, FL Truck And Auto Collision, Sep 1955
FOUR MEN KILLED IN CRASH OF CAR AND TRACTOR-TRAILER.
CAR CHURNED INTO BALL OF TWISTED STEEL.
ACCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 3 a.m. AT HOBE SOUND BLINKER LIGHT.
Stuart -- (AP) -- Four men were killed today when the car in which they were riding was churned into a ball of twisted steel, ending up completely beneath a tractor-trailer, about 200 yards north of the blinker light on U.S. 1 at Hobe Sound, at about 3 a.m.
Killed instantly were two white men, WILLIS L. FULLER, 52, of Jacksonville, and EDWARD P. FROTHINGHAM, 20, of New Canaan, Conn., and a Negro, CHARLES JONES, JR., 21, of 920 S. 4th Ave., South Jacksonville Beach.
Another white man, DAVID L. LAPMAN, 20, of New Canaan, died en route to a hospital in West Palm Beach.
All four were passengers in the car. The driver of the Great Southern Trucking Lines tractor-trailer, identified by Martin County Sheriff Joe Johnson as WILLIAM WILCHER, 36, of Jacksonville, was reported uninjured.
Deputy Johnson, who investigated the accident along with Martin County Sheriff Roy Baker, said the car was headed north and the truck going south. The driver of the car, thought to be FULLER, who owned the vehicle, tried to pass another northbound vehicle, saw that he could not make it, then tried to get back into the right traffic lane, and seeing he couldn't do that in time either, headed for the ditch on the left hand side of the road, in the path of the approaching truck.
The truck hit the car, a Studebaker convertible, broadside Johnson said, rolling it up into a ball between the front and rear wheels and underneath the truck.
No charges were preferred against the driver of the truck. Justice of the Peace H. C. Beckman, coroner, viewed the bodies at the scene and said no inquest would be held.
Deputy Johnson said there apparently was no connection between FULLER and the two Connecticut men, giving rise to the possibility they were hitchhikers.
The car owner, FULLER, was reportedly formerly employed by the Miami Towing Co. as a cook on a tug and was enroute to Vero Beach to accept a similar position.
The negro had recently been discharged from the Army.
The truck cab sustained an estimated $1,000 damage. A cocker spaniel dog, riding in the car, was also killed.
The bodies of the three white men were taken to Johns Funeral Home, Stuart, and that of the Negro to Slone Brothers Funeral Home in Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce News Tribune Florida 1955-09-01