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Independent Journal
Wednesday, April 22, 1959
page 1

Boy Badly Injured in 'Cycle Crackup

A 16-year-old Tamalpais High School sophomore was in critical condition in Marin General Hospital today after suffering severe head injuries when he was thrown from a motorcyle last night.
The California Highway Patrol said Vance Bright of 205 Reed street, Homestead Valley, was thrown from the motorcycle as it went off a sharp turn on Almonte boulevard. The accident happened at 10:35 p.m., 300 feet south of Rising avenue.

The CHP report said there were 350 feet of tire marks on the road and in broken weeds.

Young Bright was taken to the hospital by United Ambulance and underwent brain surgery. Highway Patrolman Joseph Kendricks said he was told at the hospital that the boy "did not have much of a chance."

A hospital spokesman said today that his condition is extremely critical.

He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Dana Bright, and the motorcycle was registered to his father.

Independent Journal
Thursday, April 23, 1959
page 1

Youth, 16, Dies of Injuries in 'Cycle Crash

Vance Bright, 16-year-old Tamalpais High School sophomore, died last evening of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night on Almonte boulevard near the school.

He had borrowed his father's new motorcycle to drive a classmate home just after 10 p.m. and was returning to his own home, 205 Reed street, Homestead Valley, when he lost control of the cycle on a sharp turn and was hurled about 40 feet.

He landed on his head, suffering brain injuries. He was in surgery at Marin General Hospital for four hours Tuesday night.

Vance was the only son of H. Dana Bright, an electrician at San Francisco Naval Shipyard. He and his father "batched" together for the past year.

He spent five years in Sunny Hills Presbyterian Orphanage, San Anselmo, while attending Isabel Cook School and one year at Sir Francis Drake High School.

A native of Reno, Vance lived in San Francisco until he was 9 years old. At an early age he showed an interest in electronics and amateur radio and hoped to make it his career, said his father.

He is also survived by his mother, whose address is unknown; a sister, Mrs. Gayla Enewold of San Gabriel, Los Angeles County; and his paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Alice B. Wineland of Portland, Ore.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Keaton's Mortuary, San Refael.

The youth's death is the third traffic fatality so far this year in Marin County. Last year at this time there had been nine.

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