Deming, NM (near) Two Auto Crash, Nov 1951


Special to The Herald-Post.
Deming, Nov. 5. - An inquest was scheduled today into the death of seven persons in a two-car collision early yesterday on Highway 80, 32 miles west of Deming.
Dead were ROBERT BLANKENSTEIN, 36, driver of one car; his wife, DOROTHY, 30; their son, RAY, 5; and MRS. DORA PODSEDNIK, 30, all of Lemon Grove, Calif.; VIRGIL T. BROWN, 25; DONNA BROWN, 2; and HOMER BROWN, JR., 1, all from Clovis and passengers in the other car.
Injured and in critical condition in Deming Ladies' Hospital are HOMER BROWN, 23, driver of the second car; LAURA BROWN, 16, and RAYMOND PODSEDNIK, 8, son of Mrs. Podsednik. FRANCES BROWN, 14, is reported in fair condition.
The accident brought New Mexico's total highway deaths to 325 for 1951.
New Mexico Highway Patrolman I. R. Funk, who investigated, said the car in which the family from Lemon Grove had been riding was going west on Highway 80 when hit by the BROWN car. Funk said apparently the car driven by HOMER BROWN had swerved into the left lane of traffic and smashed into the BLANKENSTEIN car head-on. He said there was a possibility that BROWN had dozed at the wheel.
Funeral arrangements are pending for the victims at Mahoney Mortuary in Deming.

El Paso Herald-Post Texas 1951-11-05