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SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES ATOSPITAL An alien resident of Lebanon, known generally as John Samina. but who also is recorded under the name of John Seckenson, John Solmons, John Sazan and various other surnames, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital at 4:30 o'clock this morning as a result of .injuries 'received in a mysterious motoring accident on the Penn highway, west of Annville, on Wednesday night about 10 o'clock, Dr. A. W. Shultz, the county coroner, and County Detective George H. Carpenter, and State Policeman C. B. Robenolt. are investigating the matter with little success, owing to the fact that those involved in the affair are mostly all men of foreign birth, and who speak English poorly. -Sammartho- dead man, AV!IO 'was about C2 years of age. kept bachelor quarters with Andrew -.Kutchora, at 338 Monroe Avenue, a short, alley 'located* between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets, and between Brandywine and Church streets: He was a patroq,of Fred DiGiacin- to, the grocer of Fourteenth -and Lehman streets, and on Wednesday evening early, Samma was included with several guests when DiGiacinto started off on a .trip to the Clear Spring region, west of Annville, to visit friends. It IB said by Fred the grocer, that he was driving his Ford touring car himself on the return"trip; that, as they approached the hill just west, of Annville, they drove behind another auto; that a third auto came from the rear, and in trying to pass, struck DiGiacinto's car, The occupants state that the crash did not amount. to much so far as the car of the four occupants wore concerned, but. when they, tried to start the'machine, after stopping, it did not respond, and while making efforts to start It was discovered that Samma was lying on the back seat bleeding from the head. It was 'then supposed that the jolt had thrown him in such a way that his head hit the rjggine of the top. The car was then started as quickly as possible, the man was brought^to the Good Samaritan hospital whnro physicians at onco recognized the gravity of his condition. Heroic efforts wore made to save his life, but it was found that the skull had been fractured, and the man died after ho had been under treatment approximately fire hours. The officers this morniirg inspected the car and found that it was undamaged excepting for a bent mud guard over the loft roar wheel, and this dent was unmistakably made, the officers decided, by a jolt from the front and not from the rear. The car was standing, when located by the officers, in front of the home of Jacob Copenhaver, at 360 North Fourteenth street, and neighbors of Samma stated that Jacob Copenhaver, Jr., a boy about 19 years of age, was driving the car on Wednesday night. Young Copenhaver, is said to have admitted to the officers that he has no license to drive a car. and in explaining this fact, the boy said that he drove the car only a square or two. as the party neared home, after taken the injured man to the hospital. Discrepencies of like kind 'are being unraveled today as best possible by the officers. Samma- the dead man, Is said to have spoken .several languages. He last lived with Kutchera, a SJavish man, but lied arlously at East Lebanon and otjier places. He did not work regularly, and managed to eke out a precarious living by working and then at tne Grosky scrap yards. Insurance policies and other papers found among h in effects all .bore different names, but somewhat'' similar in jirpnouiUslatiOHjk ln$<jatj,)ag that the naao's lack of knowledge ,of the sponsible for the difference 1 of <spell- Kngllsh language wore probably re- ing, as eajofr succeeding to spell his name 'as he it, , .

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  1. Lebanon Semi-Weekly News,
  2. 12 Jun 1924, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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