Huntsville, MO Auto - Pedestrial Wreck, Jan 1947

Car on Highway 24 Kills Huntsville Man

O. W. Peery Hit on Way to Moberly

Pedestrian Struck as Another Driver Halts to Give Him Ride.

Oliver Westlake Peery, 65, Huntsville, was killed instantly when a car struck him as he as walking across Highway 24 just east of Huntsville about 9:40 a. m. Sunday.

Perry had just started on a walk to Moberly to attend church and had traveled about .8 of a mile when someone stopped to pick him up. He was walking on the north side of the highway and started to cross to the south side and was half way across when he noticed a car coming from the east.

Then Peery attempted to get back to the north side of the highway, according to the highway patrol, but he started too late.

The left front of the hood struck him and he was dragged a distance of 100 feet along with the car, which stopped in the ditch. The car was driven by Jack Smith, 49, Quincy, Ill.

Peery sustained broken legs and a fractured skull.

Peery, a member of the Zion Lutheran church here since 1937, had been in the habit of walking to church here from Huntsville every Sunday, unless he were picked up by a motorist along the way. He attended Christmas services at the church here at 6 a.m. after walking all the way.

Dr. R. H. Williams, coroner, stated that the accident was unavoidable and that no inquest would be necessary. The highway patrolman said Smith was driving about 35 miles per hour.

Mr. Peery, a bachelor, was born, September 26, 1881 in Bridgeton. His only survivor is a nephew, Dr. John Vaughn, St. Louis.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Funeral home, Huntsville, by the Rev. Louis Themenstein, pastor of Zion Lutheran church here. Burial will be in Huntsville.

Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, MO 27 Jan 1947