Elmsford, NY Speeding Auto Plunges into Parade, Apr 1935

Speeding Auto Plunges Into Parade; Kills One, Injures 24 at Elmsford

Car Plows Into Throng of 500 Waiting at Crest of
Hill to March Down to Village to Dedicate Veterans' Post
— Mayor and Police Chief Among Those Hurt.

ELMSFORD, N. Y., April 5.—An
automobile traveling at high speed
over the crest of a hill on Tarrytown
Road at 8:45 o'clock tonight
crashed into a group of several
hundred persons preparing for
a parade of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, killing one man a nd
injuring twenty-four others.
The marchers had congregated
just west of the hill' crest preparing
to march down into the village,
where a new veterans' post was to
be dedicated, when the automobile
driven by Coppola Rocco, 32-years
old, a baker of North Tarrytown,
plowed into the crowd.
Men and women were sent sprawling
in every direction as the driver
frantically applied his brakes. The
road at this point, between Goodwin
Avenue and Evarts Street, is
sixty feet wide, but the rain and
dim street lights obscured the
The man killed was Herbert R.
Halliday, 37, of Pleasantville. He
died at 9:45 o'clock at Grasslands
Hospital, Eastview, where he had
been employed as a clerk in the
steward's department.
Among the injured were Mayor
Edward Hicks and Police Commissioner
Charles Minker. They suffered
bruises and cuts when they
were thrown to the pavement.
Of the twenty-four injured, eleven
were examined at Grasslands Hospital
and seven of these were admitted.
It was reported that at least two of these
were injured seriously.
The hill leads from White Plains
into the centre of the village. The
paraders had gathered in and about
the middle of the road and were
about to be placed in the line of
march when Rocco's car loomed
suddenly out of the dark.

April 6, 1935 edition of The New York Times