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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 06:29:16 :

Marin Journal
Thursday, January 1, 1942
page 1

Ross Boy Killed While Coasting Christmas Bike
Crashes Head-on into Car on Lagunitas Ave., Ross

Hammond Wright, Jr., 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hammond Wright, Ross was fatally hurt Monday afternoon when he rode his bright new Christmas bike down a hilly street and crashed into a car at Olive and Walnut Avenues, near his home.

The boy was pronounced dead when taken to Ross Hospital in an ambulance. The accident occurred at 4:10 in the afternoon.

Funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ross, at 1:30, under direction of Keaton’s Mortuary. Interment was private.

Hammond had wheeled his bicycle up Lagunitas Ave., with the idea of coasting to the corner. He left a young companion, John Fitzsimmons, as sentinel to guard against the approach of cars. But Hammond was unable to stop his bike, in spite of cries of “Car! Car!” by his young “outlook” and, dashing down the steep grade, hit a car being driven by Ernest Grover, of San Anselmo, member of the State Provisional Guard, driving up Lagunitas Avenue on his way to report for duty.

Grover swerved his car sharply to the left to avoid a crash, but it was too late.

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