Sylvia Lewis Bigford Rhineland (Wis.) Daily News June 23, 1938 Page 2, Col. 1

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Sylvia Lewis Bigford
Rhineland (Wis.) Daily News
June 23, 1938
MICAN LAKE DEATH CALLED 'UNAVOIDABLE' Coroner's Jury Decides John Rcpenski Not Negligent in Accident June 9. Mrs. Arthur Bigford. 49. of Pel-1 Scan Lake, who was almost instantly instantly killed June 0 when struck and run over by .1 car on Highway 45-47 near her home, came to her death througii an "unavoidable ac- j cident," a coroner's jury decided late yesterday afternoon. The driver of the c;ir, John Rcpenski. of Jennings, Jennings, thus was absolved of any blame in the accident. Nine witnesses testified at the inquest, inquest, which was held in the circuit circuit court room at (he court house here. The statement of an eye witness witness who was unable to come to Rhinelander for the hearing also Was read to the jury. County Traffic Officer Merrill Merrill Hibbard, \vlio was in Pelican Pelican Lake at the time of the mishap, said he tested the brakes on Repenski's car immediately immediately after the accident and found them "very faulty." At 17 miles per hour, he explained, the car traveled 72 feet before the brakes could bring it to a slop. To be called "good" brakes, he added, the car should be halted within 10 or 12 feet at that speed. Sheriff Hans Rodd and Coroner Rudolph Carlson identified pictures of the accident scene and reported on measurements taken immediately immediately after the fatal mishap. Mrs. Bigford Bigford was struck 825 feet inside the Pelican Lake village limits, where a I sign warns motorists to drive 201 miles per hour, they said. j Boys Saw Accident. ! Ralph Strangberg and Robert :• Herman, both 17, of Antigo, gave vivid accounts of the accident. Hitch-hiking north on the highway, they were within 10.. feet of Mrs. Bigforil when she was hit by Repenski's Repenski's car. i Mrs. Bigford, they said, chased | her dog across the highway from i the east side to the west side of the' concrete surface. A car going north, I driven by Miss Rose Stephens of. Racine, went over on the left side | of the road to avoid the dog. Mrs. Bigford thanked the driver for stopping stopping in time to save the dog's life, and then Miss Stephens drove her car back into the right hand lane and proceeded north, the two youths continued. They then noticed a car approaching approaching from the north, traveling at between between 30 and 35 miles per hour, they declared. When Mrs. Bigford started back across the concrete, Herman shouted a warning to her and she hesitated momentarily to look over her shoulder at the oncoming oncoming car. When the car got within a few feet of her, Mrs. Bigford seemed to crumple in front of the vehicle, the boys explained. The left front fender struck her first and threw her under the left front wheel. Both the left front and left rear wheels passed over her body, and the car appeared to "jump up and down" as it rolled her body under under it, the youths said. Body Rolled 25 Feet. Both boys said the car rolled the woman's body about 25 feet and continued on another 25 feet after passing over Mrs. Bigford. They said they believed the driver of the car could have avoided striking the woman if he had turned to the left or if his brakes had stopped his car immediately. Repenski and his passenger, Mrs. Louis Petzoldt, who lives near Lennox, Lennox, said they were on their way from Rhinelander, and de- Repenski slowed his car to 15 miles per hour when he reached the Pelican Lake village limits and the speed warning sign. They testified that Mrs. Bigford Bigford ran,in front of the .car and appeared Jo crumple just before she was hit. Repenski said he sounded his horn, but admitted his brakes were "not good." Other witnesses were: Ernest Schoeneck, Pelican Lake, first to reach the scene after the accident; and Arthur Bigford, husband of the Victim and Pelican Lake station agent. The statement of Miss Stephens, Stephens, who left on a trip before the inquest, was read by Dist. Atty. O. A. DuBois, who conducted the questioning questioning of witnesses. Nearly All Bones Broken. Mr. Bigford said an Antigo undertaker undertaker told him that practically every bone in Mrs. Bigford's body had been broken in the mishap. Members of the coroner's jury Were: T. J. Pattinson, Arthur M Forth, Ed. Wendland, Grover Bellile Sr., L. A. Leadbetter and W J Neitzke. ' ' Their verdict read as follows- 'We (the jury) find that Mrs. Sylvia Bigford came to her death by being struck by a car driven by John Repenski in an unavoidable dent." i i so very acci-

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