Billy The Kid, WY Auto Crash Kills Actress Judy Tyler, July 1957

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Ridgefield, July 5. -- Services for JUDY TYLER, 24-year-old screen star who, with her actor-husband, was killed yesterday in an auto accident near the tourist resort of Billy the Kid, Wyo., will take place Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the FRANK CAMPBELL funeral home, 81st street and Madison avenue. MISS TYLER, who was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, will be cremated at Ferncliff, N.Y.
The daughter of MR. and MRS. JULIAN S. HESS, of Nutmeg ridge, MISS TYLER, with her husband of less than four months, GREGORY LAFAYETTE, was scheduled to have appeared on Pantomime Quiz, which will be inaugurated tonight on CBS. MR. and MRS. HESS, who have resided the past five years in Ridgefield where MR. HESS is a building contractor, are MISS TYLER'S only survivors.
She had just completed her first starring dramatic role, playing opposite ELVIS PRESLEY in "Jailhouse Rock," and a musical "Bop Girl Goes Calypso," is scheduled for July 15 release. MISS TYLER co-starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Pipe Dream" with BILL JOHNSON, who died five months ago of a heart ailment. She had appeared on numerous TV shows and recently completed a series of melodramas, "Perry Mason, Detective."
Born Oct. 9, 1932, in New York city, MISS TYLER attended schools in Teaneck, N.J., and studied in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The brown eyed, raven haired actress won the title of "Miss Stardust," a nationwide beauty contest, in 1948.
MISS TYLER and MR. LAFAYETTE, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., were married March 17 in Miami, Fla. The young couple had been living at 158 West 44th street, New York city.
The LAFAYETTES were motoring east from Hollywood. Police said MR. LAFAYETTE apparently swung into the lane of oncoming traffic to avoid hitting a car which was pulling onto U.S. Highway 30 from a tourist curio shop.
The LAFAYETTES' car smashed head-on into a westbound car occupied by DONALD J. JONES, 23, of Hanna, Wyo., and PAUL L. REED, 32, also of Hanna. MR. JONES was killed and MR. REED injured. A dog and cat in the LAFAYETTES' car also were killed.

The Bridgeport Post Connecticut 1957-07-05


Judy Tyler Crash

What ever happened to Paul L. Reed? He was the only survivor. Is he still alive?

miss stardust 1948

Correction here-Miss Stardust of 1948 was Cindy Lou Bayes (my mother)-i have many news clips proving this

judy tyler accident

The 1957 Chevy carrying Judy Tyler and husband Greg Lafayette DID NOT crash head-on into the 1954 Chevy driven by Paul Reed; it was BROADSIDED by Reed's car and Judy Tyler was cut in half when Reed's car penetrated three feet into Lafayette's car.