John Myers, a carpenter living at Independence, lost his life yesterday about noon, when his motor car plunged through the railing of a small bridge over a deep ravine a short distance north of the Elk river bridge directly north of Independence, landing some twenty feet below in a few feet of mud and water.
Just a short time before noon, Mr. Myers went to the Hess lumber yards in Independence for some building materials to be used on the Brinkman farm some five miles north of there. Approaching the bridge, after having turned a sharp bend in the road, Mr. Myers evidently lost control of his car, when it plunged through the guards on the bridge, into the south bank of the little stream, swerving to the other side and turning completely over, pinning him under the car in mud and water.
The probabilities are that death was instantaneous. His neck was broken, and had that not killed him, he would have become unconscious from the blow, and before he could have regained consciousness would have drowned. He was badly scalded from the water in the radiator.
The discovery of the accident was made by the young son of Lester Prescott, who with his father was going to Altoona. The young man noticed the overturned car in the bed of the stream and called his father's attention to it. Mr. Prescott made a hasty examination and discovered blood coming from under the car. He went to a farm house near by and called up Deputy Sheriff Ziegenfuss, who drove out immediately. The car was pulled off Mr. Myers and his body dragged out of the mud and water, when he returned for Coroner Hudiburg, who went out and decided that it was not necessary to hold an inquest to decide how the deceased came to his eath.
Myers was about thirty-seven years of age, and was living as a single man, having been divorced about eight months ago. He has a brother in Kansas City, a sister living at Delaware, Okla., and an aunt, Mrs. George, of Coffeyville. N.M. Coons, who lives in this city, is also a relative. His sister at Delaware was reached over the phone by members of the Eagles shortly after eight o'clock last night, and passed through here this morning enroute to Independence.
|Contributed by Vivian Brinker|