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SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES ATJOSPUAL John Samma the Victim of Mysterious Auto Accident N E A R ANNV1LLE Officers Are Investigating Investigating How the Accident Accident Occurred An alien resident of Lebanon, known generally as John Samma, hut who also la recorded under the name of John Snckenson, John Solmons, John Sazan and various other surnames, 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, went of Annvllle, on Wednesday night ahout 10 o'clock. Dr. A. W. Shultz, the county coroner, coroner, »nd County Detective George H. Carpenter, iind State Policeman C. B. Kobenolt. are Investigating the mat- tor with littlo SUCCRBB, owing to the fact that IhoHo Involved in the affair are moaUfxall men of foreign birth, and'who speak English poorly. Samma, the dead man, who was about 62 years of age. kept bachelor quarters with Andrew Kutchora, at 338 Monroe Avenue, a short alley located located between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Fourteenth streets, and between Brandy- wtno and Church streets. He was a patron,of Fred DlGlacin- to, tho grocer of Fourteenth nnd Lehman streets, and on Wednesday evening early, Samma was Included with several guests whon DIGiaclnto started off on a > trip to tho Clear Spring region, west of Annvllle, to visit friends. 11 IB said by. Fred tho grocer, that ho was driving his Ford touring car himself on tho return trip; that as they approached the hill just west of Annvllle. they drove behind another auto; that a third auto camo from tho roar, and In trying to pass, struck DIGlaclnto's car. Tho occupants state that tho crash did not amount to much so far as tho car of the four of brother It • occupants worn concornwl. but when they tried to stnrt tho machine, after stopping, It did not respond, and while making efforts to start it was discovered that Semma was lying on ho back seat bleeding from the hoad. tt WHS than supposed that tho Jolt liad thrown him In such n way that Ills hoad hit tho rlKglnff of tho top. Thn car was then started as quickly is posfllhlo. tho man was brought to tho Hood Samaritan hospital whom physicians at onro recognized tho gravity of JilB condition. Heroic ef- forls worn made In nnvo his llfo, but II was found that tho skull had been fractured, and the man died after ho had boon under treatment approximately approximately flvo hours. Tho officers this morning Inspected tho car and found th«t It was un- ditmugcd excepting for a bont mud guard over tho loft roar wheel, and this dunt waa unmistakably made, the officers docldwl, by a jolt from tho front and not from tho roar. Tho car was standing, whon locat ed by tho officers, In front of tho home of Jacob Copenhaver, at 360 North Fourteenth street, nnd neighbors neighbors of Hamma. stated that Jacob Copenhavor, Jr.. a hoy about lf> years of ago, was driving the car on Wed n end ay night. Young Coponhaver, is said to have admitted to tho offtcors that hfl has no license to drive a cnr and in explaining thin fact, the hoy said that he drove the car only » square or two as the party nearer home, after taken the Injurnd man to thn hospital. Discrepancies of llki kind are toeing unraveled today a ihest possible by the officers. 8amm«. tho dead man, in said t have spoken several languages- H last llvort with Kutchera, a Slav Is man, but lied arlouslv at East Ixtba ion nnd other places,. He did no vork regularly, and managed to ok out a precarious living by work in and then at i.ho Oroaky scrap yards. Insurance policies and other popnrs 'ound among his effects all bore dif- 'crent names, hut somewhat similar In »nronounlcl*Jtlon> JntSJcatlng th^t he man's lack ot knowledge of thn sponslblo for the difference of sr>«M- Engllsh language were probably ro- ng. «B ench succeeding person trlod

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 12 Jun 1924, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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