Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 09:33:36 :
The Marin Journal
Thursday, June 2, 1926
Walter Hudgens, Plasterer, Of This City, Breaks Neck in Tank Dive
Walter Hudgens, aged 26, a plasterer of this city, died Wednesday at a Sonoma Hospital following an accident Sunday, when Hudgens broke his neck while diving in a swimming tank at Agua Caliente. Since Sunday he lay in the hospital with a plaster cast from his waist to his ears, placed there by Dr. McGrath, hospital physician of Sonoma.
Tuesday, it is understood, he expressed a wish to be returned to San Rafael for treatment here. Arrangements were made for his removal to this city by George McLaughlin, a friend, and McLaughlin, accompanied by Oje Dias and Russell Shoen went with the ambulance after the patient. But he died shortly after his San Rafael friends reached him, and after he was placed in the ambulance.
A coroner’s inquest was held at Sonoma today and the jury found “that death was due to shock caused by a broken neck and to his removal from the hospital by ambulance.” An X-ray photograph of the neck showed a misplaced vertebra.
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