Bio: Hughes, Patrick W. (1954)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Hughes, Hebert, Kage, Brezinski, Nienow, Gianoli, Hildensperger

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 07/08/1954

Marshfield Youth Killed in Smashup

Patrick W. Hughes of Marshfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hughes of Marshfield, Wisconsin, lost his life in a traffic crash in the last few minutes of the holiday week-end. Four other young people were injured in the accident.

Hughes suffered a skull fracture and internal chest injuries in the smashup involving his auto and one driven by Gerald Hebert of Unity, Route 1, age 17, one mile north of the Ronidvoo Corner on Highway 97 in Marathon county, about 13 miles south of Colby, at 11:50 o’clock Monday night.

Hebert is being treated at the Marshfield, Wisconsin Hospital for an injury to his right lung, a fracture of the right shoulder blade, seven fractured ribs on the right side of his chest and cuts on the side of his face.

Suffering from cuts and bruises but in good condition at the hospital are Geraldine Hughes, age 16, a sister of the dead youth and a passenger in his auto, and two passengers in Hebert’s car, Jean Kage, age 16, and Grace Brezinski, age 15, both of Edgar.

Frank Nienow, Marathon county traffic officer, who, with Officer Louis Gianoli, investigated the accident, said that Hebert, heading north, started to pass a car which he apparently side-swiped, and swung about 3 feet over the center line into the lane of Hughes’ car which was headed southward downgrade.

The impact sent the Hughes auto in a southwesterly direction into the ditch, where it struck a stone retaining wall and tipped over on its left side, demolished. Hebert’s vehicle continued north and also plunged into the west ditch.

Damage to the two autos was estimated at $1,600.

Officers said that door handles on the right side of Hebert’s car and dark paint streaks indicated that Hebert also struck the car he was passing, but the driver of the other vehicle did not stop.

John Hildensperger, Marathon county coroner, reported that an inquest will be held when persons in the accident recover.



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