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The New York Times
December 12, 1922

Two Men and a Woman Desert Limousine After Accident in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.

A big limousine went roaring west through Orange Street in Brooklyn just after midnight this morning, crashed into an electric light pole where the street terminates at Columbia Heights, ricocheted against a fire hydrant, which it demolished, and tore its way through an 8-foot picket fence dividing two terraced lawns.  As the car came to a stop overhanging a ledge of the terrace, its glass shattered and its fender twisted and broken, two men opened a door, crawled out and assisted a young woman to alight.

The three were cut and bleeding.  They stood around uncertainly for several minutes, but no policeman appeared, and finally they walked away.  After some minutes one man returned, tried to wrench away the license plate, failed after he had covered it with bloody fingerprints, and disappeared.  A fruit dealer at Orange and Henry Streets two blocks away said that the two men came into his shop, supporting the woman, who appeared to be badly hurt, and left after he had directed them where to find several doctors in the neighborhood.

The fence knocked down by the car divided the property of the Rev. Joseph F. Rutherford from that adjoining.  Dr. Rutherford succeeded the late Pastor Russell as head of the International Bible Society.  Hundreds of students from the Bible School in the rear of his house joined the crowd attracted by the noise of the crash.

At Police Headquarters, Manhattan, it was said that the license number on the car belonged not to a limousine but to a touring car.  The police are investigating.

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