Orange, NJ Automobile Crashes Into Abutment, Apr 1952

J. R. WILLMOTT, WATERTOWN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CRASH IN NEW JERSEY.

COMPANIONS ARE KILLED IN ACCIDENT.

CAR CRASHED INTO ABUTMENT.

Watertown -- JOHN R. WILLMOTT, 44, of Watertown, remains in a critical condition at the Orange, N.J., Memorial hospital as the result of injuries received Sunday night when the automobile in which he was a passenger ran into a railroad abutment, killing his companions, a man and woman.
ALFRED F. TURTON, of South Orange, New Jersey state agent for the Agricultural Insurance company, died at Orange hospital, shortly after the death of his wife MRS. GRACE TURTON. Both were 49.
Before he died MR. TURTON said he had been driving WILLMOTT to Neward to catch a train to New York. He was unable to explain what caused him to drive against the abutments.
WILLMOTT, secretary of the Agricultural Insurance compamy, left Watertown Saturday on a brief business trip and was to have returned home yesterday morning.
WILLMOTT and his wife, the former MISS DOROTHY E. BROWNELL, live at 216 FLower ave. west. He is a son of the late PERCY H. WILLMOTT, who was president of the Agricultural from 1924 to 1928. His mother, MRS. MARGARET SHERMAN WILLMOTT, lives at 128 Ten Eyck st. He has two brothers, Harry H. Willmott and C. Sherman Willmott, of this city.
He is former commander of the Jefferson county American Legion post and also has served as president of the Little Theater. He was born in this city and was graduated from Watertown High School in 1925 and from Williams college in 1929. He was elected secretary of the Agricultural in February, 1950.

Syracuse Herald Journal New York 1952-04-30

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