Oceanside, CA Autos And Truck Collide, Feb 1959


Oceanside (AP) - Seven persons, five of them members of one family, perished yesterday in the crash of four cars and a pick-up truck during heavy rain.
Investigators said a head-on collision of one auto and the truck started the chain reaction crash, which left the Pacific Coast Highway two miles north of here littered with bodies and wreckage.
Coroner's Deputy Jesse C. Canale identified the dead as:
his wife, OLGA ELOIS, about 30;
two daughters, BECKY, 8, and EVON, 4 months;
and a son DAVID, 11, all of 9071 Timothy Lane, Garden Grove, Calif.;
MRS. CARMEN CASILLAS, about 45, of 1831 Sichel St., Los Angeles;
and BERNARD PATTERSON, 36, of 2317 Sycamore St., Anaheim, Calif.
Injured were:
DANNY BOATNER, 9, lone survivor of the family;
three of his companions, TOMMY STEELE, 11; HARRY CASPARI, 10, and TOMMY WEDEN, 10, all of Garden Grove; and LAZARO SAMUDIO, 50, of 522 N. Soto St., Los Angeles.
Canale said identification of some of the dead and injured was made from information obtained from DANNY BOATNER as he lay in critical condition from head injuries in a hospital.
State highway patrolmen said PATTERSON'S auto crossed to the wrong side of the highway and collided head-on with the BOATNER truck. They said the other vehicles then piled up. Several occupants of the truck were thrown out as it spun on the wet pavement.
The death toll equaled the San Diego County record of seven persons killed in a two-car crash on the same highway on Nov. 17, 1956.

San Bernardino County Sun California 1959-02-22