Wittman, AZ Auto Crashes Into Bridge, Jun 1959


Wittman - (AP) - Four teen-agers were killed and two critically injured early today when their car left U.S. Highway 60-70, hit a bridge abutment and rolled into a 12-foot wash near Wittman.
The deaths brought the Arizona Highway Patrol fatality total for the year to date to 264 compared with 219 at this time a year ago.
Highway Patrolman Don Gump who investigated said the car crossed the center line before the accident. The occupants were all pinned in the vehicle.
The dead were identified as:
PHILIP PAULSON, 19, the driver;
and CAROLYN KROBER, 16, both of Phoenix;
PAT THACKER, 16, of Sunnyslope;
and CHARLES LEROY REEDY, 19, of Peoria.
In a Phoenix hospital were LINDA ELAINE WADE, 19, and NANCY HALL, 19, both of Phoenix.
Gump said PAULSON, who was driving, apparently dozed at the wheel.
All were members of a Youth for Christ choral group which had spent the weekend in Los Angeles and Long Beach. They sang at church gatherings and had made recordings on their coast trip.
The 15-member choral group left Phoenix last Friday. The other nine members returned to Phoenix yesterday.

Tucson Daily Citizen Arizona 1959-06-23