A tragedy, all the more pathetic because one of the victims was to have been married within a week, occurred on Saturday afternoon at Beamsville, when a car, driven by John Coady, 22, of R.R. No. 2, Guelph, crashed into a five-ton truck , completely demolishing the lighter machine. The other fatality was that of Leonard Todd, 21, of 178 Province Street North, Hamilton, one of the passengers in the car. Coady's bride-to-be, Miss Leona Rooney of Port Dalhousie, was treated for head cuts, a badly bruised face and shock. Others injured were Douglas Barwick, 21, of 89 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton, who was removed to Hamilton General Hospital in a serious condition, Abe Horowitz, 6 Haines Ave., St. Catharines, badly shaken up and a leg injury, and John Golden 22, of Guelph, who escaped with injuries to his shoulder.
According to information given to the police, Coady, driver of the car, was proceeding at an allegedly high rate of speed as he entered the village limits. Believing that he sighted a car proceeding towards the highways from in front of Babcock's grist mill, a few feet north of the pavement, and believing it was going to pull out in front of his car, Coady swerved his auto slightly to the left, sideswiping a truck driven by Horowitz.
The front end of the Coady car went under the truck at an angle, the corner of the truck body ripping the lighter machine to bits. Following the impact the truck swerved to its left and overturned across the highway, while the Coady machine, remaining on its wheels, came to a stop about 20 feet from the point of collision.
Coady died within 3 or 4 minutes, the result of a fractured skull and terrible injuries to his body. Miss Rooney, Barwick, Todd and Golden were removed to Dr. C.W. Elmore's office for treatment and later Barwick was removed to Hamilton General Hospital in an ambulance with Todd, who died on the way. Horowitz, the truck driver, refused medical aid.
Todd, for some time past, has been employed at the Appleford Paper Products Ltd. Young Barwick is the son of Mrs. Florence Tebutt, and it is believed by hospital authorities that he may have suffered internal injuries. An x-ray examination was delayed because of the seriousness of his condition. He remained conscious while being rushed to the hospital and chatted for a few moments with his mother. A laceration across the right side...
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