Vero Beach, FL Two Auto Collision Kills Seven, Mar 1957


Vero Beach, Fla. (UP) - Two automobiles, one of them traveling an estimated 100 miles an hour, crashed head-on Monday killing seven persons.
The Florida Highway Patrol said one car carrying six Negroes roared out of control on a long curve, crossed into the wrong side and slammed an eastbound auto carrying two Indiana tourists.
Patrolmen identified the two victims as JAMES P. DILLON, 70, and his wife, MARY M., 50, of Indianapolis.
The Negro victims were MARY LOU PETTIS, 29, and ROBERT LEE PETTIS, 15, both of Fort Pierce, Fla.; JOHN HENRY KEENE, JR., 32; SAUL ALLEN PEDLETON, 29; and WILHELMENA WARREN MURRAY, 30, all of Clearwater, Fla.
A Negro woman, GERTRUDE GASKIN, 36, of Clearwater, was the only survivor. She was injured seriously.

New Castle News Pennsylvania 1957-03-26