1949 Man Injured Critically by Truck 14 Feb Syracuse Post NY P6
1949 which fo'r full Woman Walking * At Side of Victim - * Leaps to Safety * Roy Â«T Kelly, 31-year-old steeplejack of 409 Harrison st., was critically injured at 1.45 ft a. m. yesterday when h* was struck by a light truck while walking in Route 11, north of North Syracuse. When his truck hit Kelly, John Miller of Brewerton was' being clocked at 42 to 43 miles an hour speed by two deputy sheriffs who had checked his speed for a mile before the accident. Body Hurled 80 Feet The deputies,--Harold Griebno afid John Checkosky--said .they saw Â« woman walking north with Kelly jump from the side of the road an dthen saw Kelly lying the road. Taken to Onondaga General hospital in the St. Joseph's hospital ambulance, Kelly was reported still in critical conditipn last night. He suffered a fracture of the skull, a t rain concussion/a fracture of (the Jeft leg and shock, the hospital reported. j Griebno and Checkosky said Kelly's body skipped along the side snow for 80 feet, hitting the . Â£ snow three times before stopping four feet off the east side of the road. HEAR CAR aid' now which Walking arm in arm with Mrs. Irene Best, 24, of 133 Thurber Kelly was yanked from her with-* out warning, the woman said. She jumped into a driveway leading to the E. C. Williams farm. Mrs. Best said she heard no sound of a. car approaching. Bribeno and Cbeckosky explained their eye-witnessing of the accident with a report of Miller having passed them just north of Syracuse, headed toward Brewerton. As a matter of routine, they clocked Miller's truck for a mile, noting his speed as six to seven miles under the legal speed limit. In their report they said he was "driving straight and in a decent manner on his own side of the road." HEARD NOISE While the deputies were a 10th of a mile behind the MilJer truck they saw the woman jump from the road side. Kelly's body, lying north of the driveway, then came into their sight. j When Miller did not stop im-l mediately, the deputies passed thei accident scene in pursuit. A short! distance north they pulled beside Miller as he was stopping. Miller later told deputies he saw no one i t the road side, but .a noise. He thought it was hard packed snow hitting the under- frame of the truck, he said. As he stopped to investigate, the sheriff's car pulled up beside him, Miller said. a GIVEN TICKET Kelly's companion told the deputies she had been with Kelly since shortly after noon Saturday. They attended a movie in Syracuse in evening and went to Kelly's home, where they had two glasses of Deciding'to walk to visit friends of Kelly in Central Square, the two started out at 10.30 p. m. she said. Miller was given a ticket for improper headlights. Griebno and Checkosky said he was driving on low beam. The headlights would not switch to high beam, they said. Miller's truck carried only one mark from the accident, a small dent on the front right fender L. in of which deputies said indicated *J S 15 were glancing, blow.