Clifford Franklin Klees

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INQUEST BLAME MAN FOR CRASH FATAL TO WIFE Coroner's Jury Exon erates Another Driver For Child's Death RULED UNAVOIDABLE Three Drivers Involved In Tragedies Testify, Waiving Rights A husband was found responsible ror the death of his wife in an au tomobile accident on the North Fifth street highway and a truck driver . was exonorated of. running down and fatally injuring a six year - old Reading youth in verdicts returned yesterday to Coroner Paul D. Good at inquests in the court house. Clifford F. Klees, of 716 Elisabeth ave Laureldale, was blamed for the death of his wife, Lillla C. Klees, fatally injured In a head - on crash near Temple with an automobile driven by David II. Snyder of York on April 15. Rnssel L. Trace, Monocacy Station, was freed of responsibility for the death of Domonic Colombaro, of 309 Court street, on South Third street, April 16. The three operators in the two fatalities took the witness stand despite warnings from C. Wilson Austin assistant district attorney, that what they said could be used against them if criminal prosecutions are brought. Held On Own Testimony Klees was held responsible by the jury because of his own admission and from evidence produced. The verdict in the other case termed the accident "unavoidable." The Klees and Snyder machines crashed head - on when the Klees machine turned out of the line of traffic on the Fifth street highway near the road to Temple. . "I want to do the right thing," Klees told Dr. Good as he took the witness stand. "I really don't know what happened," he testified. "My Intention was to stop In line, then turn and go into Temple. When I turned my car it went Into a tangent. I didn't realize I was over the center of the .jad until the other car was upon me." He said he had trouble earlier keeping his machine in the center of the road and testified he has been driving since last October. He said he and his wife were married 40 years ago. Snyder testified he noticed the Klees machine turn out of line when he was about 50 or 75 feet away. Tried To Avert Crash "Klees apparently froze to the wheel and pulled further to the right instead of the left," he said. Snyder declared he tried to avoid a collision and pulled to the right as far as he could. At the time of the impact, he said, his right rear wheel was off the concrete road. Constable Harry G. Gensemer, of Muhlenberg township, testified several machines were following a truck, which stopped at the Temple intersection preparing to make a left turn. He said he saw. the Klees machine turn out of line and witnessed the collision. He said he took charge and directed that an ambulance be called. "Klees was knocked out," he testified. "When he regained consciousness he asked me . what happened. I told him he had a head - on collision. He said the wind must have blown him over, hut there was not much wind at that time." Statements, substantially the same as related by the witnesses, were read by State Motor Patrolman J. T. Winkler who investigated. He said Klees In his statement took "full responsibility for the accident and in no way involved Snyder." Dr. T. J. Manuzak, who performed an autopsy, said Mrs. Klees died of a broken neck. Dr. H. L. Russell, Homeopathic Hospital Interne, testified Mrs. Klees died a few hours after being admitted to the hospital. Trace took the stand after other witnesses described the South Third street accident and City Patrolman James F. Bowman testified Trace came to city hall to report the accident and make a statement. "The boy came running from the rear of a parked car." Trace said. "I tried to avoid hitting him. He was on a dead run. The more I tried not hitting him the closer he came. I tried hard to miss him." He said he kept turning until the front wheels of his truck were against the curbing. Mrs. William J. Mays. West Reading, corroborated the position of the truck. She said she was preparing to pull her machine from the curb when the truck suddenly swerved In front of her. Howard F. Kindt, 250 W. Douglass st testified he believed the youth ran from the rear of his machine which he had Just parked. He said he saw the truck hit the youth. "At the same time the driver was trying to avoid hitting the child." he said. "He pulled to the right. After the accident the driver picked up the boy. Another man took him from his arms we went to the hospital in my machine." Dr. Simon B. Gllck, former coroner who made a post mortem examination said the youth died of a fractured skull. On the Klees Jury were: Ella M. Anderson. Bessie M. Kiillan, William A. Bonn, Bernard J. Green, Glen Olengertank and John G. Oreen. The Jury that exonorated Snyder Included Celia M. Shi be, Stella M. Elsenberg. Richard O. Sensing. John M. Welger. Joieph A. Towniley and L. O. Henalnger,

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 23 Apr 1938, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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