Shippenville, PA Racing Car Wheel Kills Two, May 1957


Clarion, Pa. (AP) -- As a holiday crowd screamed in terror, the wheel of a stock car racer flew into a group of spectators at a raceway Thursday, killing two children and injuring three other persons.
The tragedy occurred at the Pinegrove Speedway in nearby Shippenville, about 90 miles north-west of Pittsburgh.
Witnesses said a wheel of the auto driven by Ted Wise, Hubbard, Ohio, came off as he approached the finish line on the 40th lap of a 100-lap feature race. Wise's car slid to a screaming halt. He wasn't hurt.
MARY LOU LINDEY, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindey, Slippery Rock, Pa., was killed instantly.
HAROLD BRUNN, JR., 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brunn, Gibsonia, Pa., was knocked unconscious. He died about three hours later at Clarion Hospital.
The grief-stricken father of the LINDEY child was treated at the hospital for slight head injuries as was ROBERT LEE BYERS, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Byers, Reno, Pa.
MRS. MARY GALLAGHER, 34, of Butler, was hospitalized with a possible skull fracture but her condition was listed as good.

Montana Standard Butte 1957-05-31