Coolidge, AZ (vicinity) Automobile Accidents, Nov 1969



An accident Friday on 11-Mile Corner Road and a wreck Saturday night near Coolidge have combined to add three names to the state's mounting highway death toll.
MRS. RUBY HICKS of Eloy and her brother JAMES PHILIP WALKER, 35, of Chandler, were killed instantly Friday afternoon when the car they were driving crashed into a semitrailer-truck rig on 11-Mile Corner Road at Selma Road.
The two were thrown from their car and landed beneath the wheels of the truck, which was hauling bales of cotton.
Pinal County Sheriff's deputies said the truck, driven by CLIFTON T. McDANIEL of Phoenix had passed a stop sign on Selma Road.
WALKER was driving the car.
Two of MRS. HICKS' children, JAMES, 10, and RUBY LEE, 8, were injured in the accident.
They were treated and released at Hoemake Hospital in Casa Grande.

In an accident believed to have happened Saturday night, PABLO MENDEZ, 45, was killed when the car he was driving, rammed into a dry irrigation canal near Coolidge.
He was found dead in the wreckage of the car early yesterday.
According to authorities, MENDEZ told his wafe late Saturday he was going to Casa Grande. He apparently took the wrong road and drove into the canal when he failed to negotiate a turn.
He was alone in the car when the accident occurred. MENDEZ was born on the Papago Indian Reservation. The body was taken to Sacaton.
No inquest will be ordered said Coolidge Justice of the Peace Sam Westerman, who served as coroner.

Casa Grande Dispatch Arizona 1969-12-01