Mrs. David Smith of Winona, aged 84, was injured fatally before the eyes of her son, Douglas Hall, in an attempt to cross the Queen Elizabeth Way at the Fifty Side Road at 4 p.m. on Sunday. She died a few hours later after being taken to the Hamilton General Hospital.
Leaving the home of her son where she lived, she walked onto the busy highway with its stream of Sunday traffic. She crossed the westbound lane and when the approaching traffic frightened her, she confusedly stepped right in the path of two cars on the eastbound lane. The first car managed to miss her, but the second driven by Stewart Gourley of Penn. could not avoid her and struck her. Coming down the road was the truck driven by Douglas Hall, who after seeing her leave the house, followed directly to pick her up. Unable to reach her in time, he was the horrified witness of the tragic accident.
Summoned by a Bell Telephone operator, Dr. Franklin Robinson, acting in the absence of Dr. D.V. Heddle, arrived in a matter of seconds, as well as the Provincial Police of Dundas. Investigating the accident, Constables Edward Wild and Malcolm Arnitt found that the driver was entirely without blame and could not have helped hitting the woman.
Mrs. Smith has been a resident of this country for nearly 50 years, and was born in England. Her home, before she came to live with her son, was in Brantford, and her remains have been taken there to be interred.