Oakland, CA Automobile Crashes Into Lake, Apr 1938



A father and his daughter, 8, were rescued from their overturned automobile in Lake Marritt last night, after a collision of automobiles at Harrison Street and Lakeside Drive, in which the driver of the other machine was killed.
Police were questioning witnesses of the accident today about reports that a "mystery girl," who disappeared after the accident, had been riding in one of the cars and had been injured.
The dead man, driver of one of the machines, was HOWARD GIVENS, 30, of 608 24th Street, dispatcher for the Retail Food Clerks Union.
Injured were GIVENS' companion, CHARLES NELSON, 35, of 2126A Channing Way, Berkeley and ARLEY WILHELM, 39, of 3019 Ashbrook Avenue, driver of the other machine, who was rescued from the lake.
Search for the mysterious woman, believed to have been a passenger in GIVENS' car, was begun by officers of the accident detail today after a compact and handkerchief were found near GIVENS' body after the crash.
Several witnesses also told police that they saw a woman, apparently injured in the accident sitting on the running board of another machine which stopped at the scene. Her purse was open and officers believed the compact and handkerchief had fallen from it.
The witnesses said the woman, who appeared dazed, looked at GIVENS' body, lying in a pool of blood, and moaned, "Oh, my God, I know he is dead." Other witnesses and NELSON were to be questioned about the woman's asserted presence in the machine before the fatal crash.
According to the report of Inspector William Longnecker, GIVENS' car, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck WILHELM'S car in the side as it was about to enter Lakeside Drive.
Passing motorists stopped their cars and ran to the overturned car, wading into the water to pull WILHELM and his daughter, MARILYN, 8, from the machine.
Other motorists went to GIVENS' car, which also had overturned in the intersection. GIVENS was dead on arrival at the Alameda County Hospital, where NELSON was found to have suffered a fractued arm and cuts and bruises and WILHELM was treated for a scalp injury and multiple cuts and bruises. WILHELM'S daughter who was sitting in the back seat, escaped injury.
Inspector Longnecker said that NELSON told him that GIVENS' machine was traveling between 45 and 50 miles an hour just before the collision. Other witnesses at the scene, according to Longnecker, put the speed of the car at 70 miles an hour.
GIVENS and NELSON had attended a union meeting, NELSON said, and had had two beers after the meeting, according to Longnecker's report. They were on their way to have something to eat on Grand Avenue when the crash occurred.
GIVENS is survived by a widow, Mrs. Helen Givens, from whom he recently separated, living at 4103 Piedmont Avenue, and by a son, Charles, 8, by a previous marriage, and a step-daughter, Beverly Dykes, 13.

Oakland Tribune California 1938-04-27