When the motorcycle on which they were riding collided with an automobile in charge of John Wright, 195 Ottawa Street South, near the Rock Gardens, Toronto-Hamilton Highway, at 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning, Joseph Kronyack, aged 20, 443 Jackson street West, and Steven Panek, aged 24, 7 Richmond Street, Hamilton, received injuries of so serious nature that their deaths occurred in the General Hospital a few hours later.
John Wright, driver of the roadster, and William Henderson, an occupant of the car, received painful lacerations and bruises and were admitted to the hospital. Wright has been charged with manslaughter.
Kronyack, who was in the sidecar, suffered a skull fracture, while Panek was found to have sustained fractured legs and ribs.
Harold Buchan of Waterdown was driving home when Wright's car passed him, he told the police. At 5 a.m. police removed Wright to the hospital, where Henderson, his companion, had been taken earlier by Reginald Shevel, 163 Stirton Street, and Bert Connolly, 18 Locks street north.
Because of his dazed condition, Wright was unable to recall a great deal beyond the fact that he had heard the sound of approaching motorcycle and had caught a glimpse of it as it came within the range of its headlights. The lighter vehicle struck the right front bumper and fender of the roadster, he claimed.
The motorcycle was the property of George Wong, King and Walnut street, and had been stored in the service station of Cecil Jess, Locke and Canada streets. Detective Gaylard learned from Allan Lee, an employee at the station, that he had told Kronyack and Panek they were not to take the motorcycle away, but, after his leaving the premises, they had disregarded his warning and removed it.