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The Marin Journal
Thursday, April 20, 1916
Page 4

Rancher Runs Over Man Asleep In Road

Sheriff Keating was called out at 2 o’clock Sunday morning to investigate what had been reported to him by Chief of Police Flohr of Petaluma as a murder in the death of Frank Tamagni, a ranch hand at Chileno Valley.

Accompanied by Deputy Coroner Keaton and Dr. J. H. Kuser, Sheriff Keating arrived at the scene of the supposed crime and was told by Charles Barboni that he had found the body of Tamagni lying in the road when he, Barboni, came along with his automobile. An examination of the body showed that the neck was broken and a gash had been cut in the head. Barboni said that when he discovered the body he hurried to the ranch of L. L. Guglielmetti to borrow another automobile, as the lights on his own were defective. With the borrowed machine he hurried to Petaluma and reported the affair. Sheriff Keating insisted on taking a look at Barboni’s own machine. He found blood stains on the front wheels and on one rear wheel. Barboni then admitted that he might have struck the man.

It developed that Tamagni and two companions had been drinking earlier in the evening and were more or less intoxicated when Tamagni and a companion left for the Glisletta ranch, where Tamagni was employed. It is presumed that Tamagni, overcome by liquor, had fallen asleep in the middle of the road.

The body was taken to Petaluma. The inquest was held there by Coroner Sawyer. It appearing without doubt that the death of Tamagni was purely accidental and that no blame can be attached to Barboni, Sheriff Keating preferred no charge against the latter. Tamagni was 35 years old.

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