Leonard Edgar Damude, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Damude, of Thorold, died in the Wellandra Hospital, St. Catharines, at 4 o'clock Monday morning as a result of a motor accident on the Hamilton Highway near Jordan Sunday night.
Damude was riding in a Ford touring car with Charles W. Martin, of Thorold, the latter driving. As the car approached a spot on the road where there is a deep ditch on either side protected by fence and cable, the driver was blinded by the headlights of an approaching car, and the Ford shot through the fence and cable, landing in the ditch below. Damude was pinned beneath the car.
Provincial Constable George Jorgensen arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and took the injured lad to the Wellandra Hospital.
Further Information - There were four people riding the Ford coupe which turned turtle in a ditch on the Hamilton Highway Sunday evening, resulting in fatal injuries to Leonard E. Damude of Thorold. In addition to the deceased and the driver, Charles Martin, of Thorold, two girls from St. Catharines were in the car. Neither of the girls was injured, nor was Mr. Martin. Mr. Damude sustained a broken back and broken ribs when he was pinned beneath the car.
Where the accident occurred the road is straight, with a steep ditch at either side, protected by new fence and cable. The car in its plunge broke five fence posts at the ground and snapped the cable. The car was just wide enough to fit into the ditch, being wedged in so tightly at the sides that the top did not strike the bottom. The car was considerably wrecked and was taken to St. Catharines for repairs.