Newport, RI Auto Accident, Jul 1950


Woman Denies Risky Driving In Auto Death

Police Say Alfred J. Phillips, Jr., Came From Behind Tree To Cross Street

A three-year-old boy was run over and fatally injured near his Vernon Avenue home Friday afternoon when he reportedly ran into the path of a car.

ALFRED JAMES PHILLIP, JR., of 23 Vernon avenue died at Newport Hospital shortly after the left rear wheel of the automobile passed over his body, police said. It was Newport's first traffic death this year.

Mrs. Nannette H. Nagler, 27, of 67 Vernon avenue, operator of the car, was arraigned in police court this morning on charges of operating so as to endanger with death resulting. Judge Arthur J. Sullivan entered a not guilty plea for her and continued the case to July 21. Mrs. Nagler was released in $2,000 bail.

Mrs. Nagler was proceeding west on Vernon avenue at 4:40 P. M., police said, when the Phillips boy came out from behind a tree on the north side of the street and started across the road. When about three quarters of the way across, he came in contact with the left bumper and rolled under the rear wheel of the car which was going at a moderate speed, police report said.

Mrs. Nagler told police she did not see the child, and had the first inkling of the tragedy when Rose Marie Cantone, of Baltimore, Md., a passenger in the back seat of the car, screamed. Mrs. Nagler felt the car bump at the same time and stopped instantly. The child was lying about three feet in back of the car.

Other passengers in the car were Mrs. Nagler's sister-in-law, Miss Lois Nagler, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Nagler's two-year-old son, James. Mrs. Nagler, the wife of a naval officer, lists her home address as 3924 Belvieu avenue, Baltimore.

Troy B. Schnieder of 7 Clinton street and Gerald W. Johnson of Brockton, Mass., who witnessed the accident, rushed the child to the hospital, where he died seven minutes after admission. Dr. Frank Logler gave permission for the body to be removed to a funeral home.

The child was the son of Alfred J. Phillips, a Newport contractor, and Mrs. Phillips.

Newport Daily News, Newport, RI 15 Jul 1950