Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 13:10:26 :
Thursday, August 30, 1917
Accident Fatal To Marin Woman
The death of Mrs. Irene Martinelli, wife of Siro Martinelli, of Hicks Valley, in an automobile accident Monday night, came as a shock to the residents of Northern Marin and to many San Rafael people who knew Mrs. Martinelli.
The fatality resulted when the machine, owned and driven by Joseph
Cappelo, of Red Hill, skidded and went over a bank at the new Nicasio bridge, near North Bend. Mrs. Martinelli was thrown over the door of the car, and when she was removed a few moments later by William Farley and Harry Wake, and taken to Dr. Cavanagh’s office, it was found that her injuries would prove fatal. She died shortly after reaching the physician’s office.
The machine was also occupied by Cappelo’s three children, none of whom was hurt, nor was Cappelo.
Cappelo was brought into San Rafael Tuesday and questioned by District Attorney Butler concerning the circumstances of the accident, but his story of the affair absolved him from blame and he was not held. He was questioned closely concerning reports that he had been drinking previous to the accident, but he denied taking liquor to the extent that it would in any way affect his judgment or ability to drive. Cappelo runs a saloon at Red Hill.
The funeral will be held today at the Olema Catholic church under the direction of Dr. F. E. Sawyer, and a requiem high mass will be celebrated.
The deceased is survived by her husband and two children, Alice and Clarence Martinelli, of her immediate family. She was the sister of Mrs. J. Gamboni,, Jr., Mrs. Gilda Muscio, Mrs. Emma Martinelli, Mrs. Edward Gardner, Mrs. Hattie Sastrom and Arthur Fiori.
Owing to the great circle of friends and acquaintances of the deceased, the funeral will undoubtedly call together a great gathering of neighbors and relatives who mourn the death of this good woman.
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