Dobbs Ferry, NY Auto Falls from Elevated Roadway in Storm, Sept 1920

Speeding through storm, Dr. G. H. McGuire
takes wrong turn

Eight are pinned under car

Lad of 12 only survivor

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y., Sept. 12 - Seven
of tho eight occupants of a single
automobile died, probably instantly,
when the car, in the fury of yesterday's
early morning storm, fell twenty-two
feet off an elevated roadway at Dobbs
Ferry. N. Y., and landed on top of its
Dr. George H. McGuire, successful
and widely known Bronx physician, was
at the wheel. The victims numbered all
but one of his immediate famiiy, including
his wife, two of his three children,
his sister-in-law and his brother-in-law.
The doctor's twelve-year-old son,
Francis, whose left thigh was fractured,
was the only one to escape with his life.
A wrong turn from the main road over
which the party was coming back from
a vacation at Orange Lake, near Newburg,
N.Y., was followed within a few
seconds by the tragedy when another
unsuspected sharp turn was reached and
the automobile first skidded, then
plowed its way through an iron pipe
fence and dashed to the ground.
List of the Dead.
McGUIRE, Dr. GEORGE H., aged 38 years,
2,519 Creston Avenue, the Bronx.
McGUIRE, FLORENCE, wife of the physicia
McGUIRE, GEORGE H., Jr., aged 10 years.
the couple's eldest son.
McGUIRE, MARY J., aged 11 years, their
HOWLEY, JOHN J., aged 52 years. 554
Valentine Avenue, the Bronx. Mr. Mc-
Guire's brother-in-law and for twenty
years a Building Inspector in the Unions.
HOWLEY ANNIE T., aeed 32 years, Mr.
Howley's wife and Dr. McGuire's sister.
MULOONEY, EDWARD, aged,15 years, son
of Police Lieutenant Edward V. Mul-
rooney of the West 15th Street, Bronx.
The accident was believed,
after a search of police records, to have
been one of the worst of its kind in the
number of dead in a single car when
there had been no collision. It created a
sensation in Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and
nearby towns, and many thousands
hung about the spot long after an emergency
car had towed away the battered
and broken automobile and the bodies
of the victims had been taken to a
Another great crowd gathered before
the morgue in Hastings. Men stood bareheaded
and women wept as, late in the
afternoon, a little procession of hearses
took the dead to the McGuire home after
Coroner Engel of Westchester County
had telephoned from his Yonkers home
with permission for their removal.
There was deep sorrow in many parts
of the Bronx, where all three families
were known, respected and loved, and
particularly in the parish of the Church
of Our Lady of Mercy, Marion Avenue
and Fordham Road, where the McGuire
and Howley families were communicants
of long standing.
Surviving Boy Still Dazed.
Though no one actually witnessed the
accident except Francis McGuire, who
was too dazed and shocked to describe
it, the manner of its happening was
deductible almost as a certainty. George
McGuire, Jr., and the Mulrooney boy
were students together at Fordham University,
while May McGuire wast studying at
j Ureuline Academy, Fordham, and after
the two weeks' vacation, the whole party started
back from the lake yesterday
evening, as it was time for the children
to get ready for the opening of school.
They crossed by the ferry from Newburgh to
Beacon and must have made a
leisurely journey southward. It was a
seven-passenger car and with its eight
occupants and their suitcases and
sundry other luggage was well-packed.
Somewhere along the road, the travelers
undoubtedly encountered the first
of the series of storm-bursts described
as the heaviest in recent years in lower
Westchester. Whether they fought their
way along as best they might, or sought
shelter now and then under the trees or
in some shed, no one knows, but it was
3 o'clock in the morning when they
reached the lower end of Dobbs Ferry.
At that time they were proceeding along
Main Street, the curtains battened down,
the windshield up, making way as best
they might' against the storm.
Sept. 13, 1920 edition of The New York Times