Auburn, NY Auto Smash Into Tree, Oct 1964


By Associated Press.
Seven youths, out for an evening of Halloween fun, were killed Saturday in an automobile accident, one of several that spread death on the nation's highways.
A crash near Wichita, Kans., Friday night claimed its ninth life Sunday.
The seven boys, two of them hitch-hikers, died when the car slammed into a tree on the edge of Auburn, N.Y. One youth had been fined $50 hours earlier on a charge of speeding, state police said. The crash had such force that the car disintegrated, glass was thrown to nearby roofs and bodies were hurled up to 130 feet.
Minutes later, another five young men died in a head-on collision on the Akron Expressway, near Akron, Ohio.
Available reports indicated the two-car crash near Wichita was the largest toll of any highway accident in the state's history. The ninth victim was DAVID SAXE, 17. The eight others were killed at the scene. Seven of the dead were 14 and 15 years old.
Four more men were killed in Iowa, La., early Sunday when their car struck a tree and crashes near Roseville, Mich., and Livingston, N.Y., each took three lives.
In Auburn, a state police sergeant said he remembered a prank five of the seven boys had played on Halloween three years ago. They had freed several geese in the office of the principal of nearby Union Springs High School, he said.
Six of the dead were identified as STEVEN HALL and JACK RAYMOND, both 18, of Union Springs, N.Y.; GAYLORD E. SMITH, 20; ROBERT SCHMOKE, 18; JACK RAYMOND, 18; all of nearby Cayuga, and MICHAEL McCARTHY, 16, of Auburn.
Troopers said 18 hours after the crash that they still had been unable to identify the seventh youth. Other persons from the area had been called in to help, along with parents of the dead boys.
Troopers speculated that McCARTHY, a football quarterback at Mt. Carmel High School, and the seventh youth might have been hitch-hikers because there was no apparent connection between them and the five others.
It was not determined immediately where the youths had been before their car hit the tree, or where they were going at the time. A dance was underway at Mt. Carmel High School, a half mile away, but troopers said they did not believe the youths had been there.
Two bodies were found in the twisted wreckage of the car, three were on the ground nearby. One body had been hurled through a fence and under a porch 130 feet from the wreck. The second landed on the porch, troopers said.

The Cincinnati Enquirer Ohio 1964-11-02