Newport, RI Auto Wreck, May 1919


The automobile accident on the Ocean Drive early Saturday morning of last week was one of the most distressing that has ever occurred in Newport, resulting in one death and in severe injuries to several other persons. All the victims except the driver were members of the "Head Over Heels" Company, which was playing at the Newport Opera House for a brief engagement. Cyril DuFor of the Company was killed, Mrs. Cyril DuFor, Miss Marie Hollywell, Miss Eleanor Livingston and C. Haviland Chappell were more or less injured.

The car which figured in the accident was the property of Chief Machinist's Mate Francis Finn of this city, who had invited the party out for a ride around the Ocean Drive. About three o'clock in the morning the car failed to negotiate a turn between the Davis residence and the Graves Point Fishing Club, and turned over on to the shore, pinning the three men under it. The women were thrown out and escaped serious injury, although some of them were unconscious for a short time. Aid was obtained from the Life Saving Station and after much hard work the auto was raised sufficiently to release the men under it, but DuFor was dead.

The injured were taken to the Newport Hospital, and the body of DuFor was removed to an undertaking establishment, being later shipped to New York for interment. Mrs. DuFor, although still suffering severely from the effects of the accident, went on to attend the funeral. The other members of the Company also were able to leave the city. In spite of the misfortune to several members of the Company, the Saturday afternoon and evening performances were given as scheduled.

The accident was ascribed to defective steering gear.

Newport Mercury, Newport, RI 10 May 1919