Hamilton, OH Auto Accident, Aug 1930

Hamilton Daily News, Saturday, August 16, 1930
“Woman Hurt Near Her Home -- Miss Anna Gardner, 64, In Serious State After Central Ave. Mishap”

Miss Anna Gardner, 64, of 715 South Fourth street, was injured seriously shortly before 8 a.m Saturday when she was struck by an automobile while she was crossing the street on Central avenue, between Chestnut and Walnut streets. According to physicians at the Mercy Hospital, the woman is suffered from fractures of both legs, one a compound fracture, severe shock and bruises about the face and body. Police say she was struck by an automobile being driven north on Central avenue by Peter Ralls, 39, colored, married, of 130 Pershing avenue. Reports made by Traffic Sergeant James O'Connor, and Officers Charles Morton and Frank Mayer, who took the injured woman to the hospital, indicate the woman was attempting to cross the Street at the alley on Central avenue, near Walnut street. Apparently she became confused and was struck by the large touring car which Ralls was driving. Miss Gardner, police say, was walking south on Central avenue. She was crossing the street to take a direct route to her room. X-rays were to be taken at the hospital Saturday morning to determine whether or not she suffered internal injuries.

Hamilton Evening Journal, Saturday, August 16, 1930
“Mrs. Gardner Hit by Auto, Injured”

Both of her legs were fractured at 8 o'clock Saturday morning when Mrs. Annie Gardner, age 64, 715 South Fourth street, was knocked down by an automobile driven north on Central avenue by Peter Rolls, colored, age 39, of 138 Pershing avenue. Rolls was arrested on a reckless driving charge. According to reports made by Motorcycle Sergeant James O'Conner, Mrs. Gardner stepped from a sidewalk, near a Walnut street alley when the car struck her. Reports from Mercy hospital at 10:30 o'clock were that Mrs. Gardner was in serious condition.

Hamilton Daily News, Monday, August 18, 1930
“Auto Mishap Brings Arrest - Peter Ball Held on Reckless Driving Charge - Woman Victim Better”

Peter Rolls, 39, of 138 Pershing avenue, was charged with reckless driving in a warrant signed at police headquarters Saturday by Officer James O'Connor. His automobile is alleged to have struck and knocked down Anna Gardner, 64, of 715 South Fourth street, while she was crossing the street on Central avenue early Saturday morning. Her condition was reported as “good” at Mercy hospital, Monday morning.

Hamilton Evening Journal, Monday, November 17, 1930
"Injury Fatal to Mrs. Gardner, Hold Driver of Auto"

Following the death, Sunday afternoon of Mrs. Anna Gardner, age 66, 715 South Fourth street, from injuries suffered in an accident, August 16, police arrested Peter Rolls, colored, 338 Pershing avenue on a manslaughter charge. Rolls, who was driving an automobile which struck Mrs. Gardner as she stepped from the curb on Central avenue, between Chestnut and Walnut streets, will be arraigned in municipal court Tuesday morning. He has been released under $1,000 bond.

The manslaughter charge was filed against Rolls Sunday by Patrolman Herschell Haines at the recommendation of Coroner Edward Cook, whose investigation showed Mrs. Gardner's death was due to injuries received when struck by the auto. Rolls denied responsibility in the accident. He was driving north on Central avenue when Mrs. Gardner walked in front of his car, he said; before he had time to apply the brakes. Mrs. Gardner was resident of Hamilton for 35 years, having established a residence in this city when she was 31 years old [1895]. She was born in Liberty, Ind. She was the widow of Joseph Gardner who died 26 years ago. Besides a sister, Mrs. Clarence Bobenmeyer [Eleanor], Mrs. Gardner leaves many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Albert P. Wagner funeral home, 337 Ludlow street. Interment will be in St. Stephen's cemetery.