Byron, CA Auto Plunges Into Levee, June 1939

EIGHT DROWN IN AUTOMOBILE.

(By Associated Press)
Martinez, Cal., June 18. - Eight persons drowned and two were saved when their automobile plunged from a levee near Byron today into the San Joaquin River.
The victims, most of them from San Francisco, were returning from a picnic at Union Island when the car careened from the levee.
The dead:
FRANK CISSARRO, 44.
MISS CHRISTINA BIAGINI, 30.
MRS. CLARA BIAGINI and her son, ROY, 6.
MISS AMELIA BELLUMINI, 31, all of San Francisco.
GUIDO GALLI, 30, farmer at Clifton Court tract, Byron.
MRS. BRUNA GALLI, 28, his wife; and BARBARA GALLI, 4, their daughter.
Saved were Renato Pellegrini, 30, San Francisco, driver of the car, and the eight-year-old Biagini girl.
Deputy Sheriff Tom Smith phoned the sheriff's office here that a tractor from the ranch of Al Ferguson, who first reported the tragedy, would be used in an attempt to drag out the automobile submerged in about 25 feet of water.
Pellegrini was unable to say just how the car left the levee. He said he opened the door at his elbow and floated to the surface. The Biagini girl apparently escaped through the same exit.

San Bernardino County Sun California 1939-06-19