Newport, RI Auto Crashes Over Bridge, Aug 1905

AUTO PLUNGES OVER BRIDGE.

PROMINENT NEWPORT YOUTH HURLED TO DEATH.

FOUR OTHERS BADLY INJURED.

VINSON WALSH KILLED WHILE SPEEDING DOWN HILL, HIS MACHINE DASHING THROUGH RAILING INTO CREEK BELOW.

By Associated Press.
Newport, R. I., Aug. 19. -- VINSON WALSH, son of Thomas Walsh of Washington, was killed and four other prominent young members of the Newport summer colony were injured in an automobile accident here this afternoon. The injured include:
MRS. JAMES KERNOCHAN, of Hempstead, Long Island.
HARRY OELRICHS and HERBERT PELL, JR., of New York City.
MISS EVELYN WALSH, sister of the man who was killed. The automobile, which was driven by young WALSH, struck the railing of a bridge spanning a creek near Eastern Point, and plunged into the water.
The accident was witnessed by other automobiles who succeeded in rescuing the five occupants of the Walsh machine, not, however, without great difficulty, due to the fact that all the members of the party were lying beneath the heavy car. The water in the creek was not deep and to this circumstance is due in part the rescue.
WM. WALSH, who was about 19 years old, was not instantly killed, but died soon after he was taken from the water. It was learned, later, that as the automobile crashed over the bridge his head came in contact with an iron beam.
The occupants of the car were on their way to attend a luncheon given at the Clambake Hotel, near Eastern Point, by Mrs. Clement C. Moore. The accident happened when the car, a forty-horse-power vehicle, was speeding rapidly down a hill. The injured were treated temporarily at nearby cottages. Physicians stated that all probably would recover.

Los Angeles Herald California 1905-08-20