Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 05:36:03 :
Thursday, March 13, 1941
Geo. Leitch, Tam Student Meets Death on Hiway
The funeral of George Leitch, 19-year-old Tamalpais High School student of Mill Valley, who [was] killed last Friday evening while riding his bicycle on the highway near the American Distillery Company’s plant west of Sausalito, was held Monday afternoon from the Keaton mortuary. Cremation followed at Cypress Lawn.
John W. Rakow, 18, of Mill Valley, whose car hit the cyclist, as both were moving east, was not held responsible by the authorities. He told Deputy Sheriff Lester McGinnis, that Leitch was riding on the paved portion of the highway, and he did not observe him until it was too late. Leitch’s companion, William Lowe, 17, of Waldo Point, was riding another bicycle and was on the right shoulder of the highway.
The coroner’s office said that Leitch died from a broken neck, and probable internal injuries. He and his bicycle were dragged along the highway for about 85 feet.
The dead boy is the son of Edwin P. Leitch of Waldo Point, and also leaves a brother, Kenneth, and two sisters, June Leitch and Mrs. Wesley Taylor.
Hakow is the stepson of W. B. Sanders.
Deputy District Attorney Harold Reide said that the Leitch bicycle carried a rear reflecter about the size of a 50¢ piece and he doubted whether this is sufficient for a motorist to see at a distance of 200 feet, which is required by law. Reide said the time of the accident – 7 p.m. – and the fact that the boy was in a traffic lane, made it almost impossible for the motorist to avoid the accident.
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