Kansas City, KS Two Car Collision, Jul 1959


Kansas City (AP) - A speeding car trying to elude a policeman crashed into another auto at an intersection here today, killing five persons.
One of the victims was the fleeing driver, identified by police as CHARLES SCHWANEKE, 23, of Kansas City.
The other four, all Negroes, were in the second automobile. Sgt. John Allen identified them as:
LUTHER L. THOMPSON, 22, of Suffolk, Va.;
JAMES E. FULLER, 23, of Kansas City;
and ROBERT REED, also 26, both of Kansas City.
Sgt. Allen said Patrolman Bobby Austin attempted to stop SCHWANEKE for a routine traffic check about 2 a.m. SCHWANEKE sped away, Allen said a check of records after the accident revealed that SCHWANEKE'S drivers license has been suspended.
He said Patrolman Austin reported that SCHWANEKE was driving about 70 miles per hour east on 27th Street when the car carrying the four Negroes pulled out of a corner service station. SCHWANEKE'S car hit the other auto on the left side, knocked it across the street and into a utility pole, Austin reported.
Scene of the accident is a combination business-residential area in the eastern part of the city.

Ottawa Herald Kansas 1959-07-14