Howard Murphy, in car accident
Motorist Killed When His Car Hits Stray Cow Sudden death came to Robert King, 32, of Wrightwood, when a stray cow wandered into the path of his car on U.S. Highway 66 a half mile above Blue Cut in Cajon Pass Friday about 5:20 a.m. Narrowly escaping injury and possible death was the driver of a tank truck and trailer which crashed into the rear of King's spinning car and jackknifed over an embankment. The California. Highway Patrol is also looking for an unidentified pas senger in King's car who apparently apparently was not hurt but disappeared from the scene a few minutes after the crash. The cow was also a fatality. According to Chief Dep. Coroner Edward P. Doyle, King died of a broken neck and crushed chest, He was thrown from the car as it went into a broadside skid after striking the cow. JAMS OS BRAKES Howard Murphy, 44, of 10909 San Vincente St., Lynwood, told investi gating highway patrolmen that he was following King's' car down the highway when he saw the car go into a skid. Murphy said he jammed on his brakes but was un able to avoid hitting the car. The truck hit the car on the left rear and spun it around. The truck then went over the embankment. The jackknifed trail er remained perched on the edge of the embankment. Had it gone over it could have resulted in seri ous injury or death to the driver, according to the CHP. Murphy told the officers that a man leaned over King's body and cried, "My friend has been killed." Later he was nowhere to be found. Another motorist who said he had seen King's car at the Wrightwood cutoff told officers he was sure there was another person in the car. CHP officers William Bloomer, William Perdew and Sgt. George Goodwin investigated the accident. Their reports show that King's car skidded 30 feet before striking the cow and another 27 feet after being struck by the truck. The truck skidded 344 feet before nosing over the bank. King is survived by his widow, Patricia, and a daughter Cynthia Ann, 6.