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The New York Times
December 28, 1922

Long Island City Man Succumbs to Injuries Received on Christmas Day.


Boy Is Run Down and Killed In Bayonne and a Girl in West Hoboken.

Three deaths from automobile accidents were reported in the metropolitan district yesterday.  John S. Jensen, 48 years old, of 530 Ninth Avenue, Astoria, died last night in St. John's Hospital, Long Island City, from a fractured skull, received when his car collided with another machine at Grand and Steinway Avenues, Long Island City, on Christmas Day.  His wife is in the hospital in a serious condition.  Jensen was superintendent of a company that manufactures mayonnaise dressing.

Irwin Williams, 15 years old, of 953 Avenue C, Bayonne, was killed yesterday afternoon when he was run over by a jitney bus at Broadway and Thirtieth Street, Bayonne.  The boy had been riding on a truck, which stopped.  Thereupon the boy jumped off and ran across the street into the path of the bus.  He was instantly killed, one wheel passing over his body.  Benjamin Kowalski, 30, of 10 East Fifteenth Street, Bayonne, was arrested on a charge of homicide.

Little Girl Killed.

Gertrude Berghoefer, 8 years old, and her sister, Gladys, 4, of 310 Maple Street, West Hoboken, were struck by an automobile when crossing Bergenline Avenue, near Maple Street, yesterday.  Gertrude died in North Hudson Hospital twenty minutes later, but her sister was unhurt except for cuts on the face.  David Kupferberger of 164 Union Street, Brooklyn, driver of the car, said the girls came out from behind a wagon and stepped in front of his car.  Pending investigation, he was held on a charge of manslaughter.

About ten minutes after Hyman Rubin of 2 West Eighty-sixth Street had reported to the police last night that his automobile had been stolen, the car ran into another automobile and jammed it into a lamppost on the west drive of Central Paark, near Eighty-first Street.  The driver of the stolen car jumped out and escaped. The other car in the collision was driven by Nicholas J. Vingtintglia of 564 Riverside Drive.  Mrs. Nellie Miller, 26 years old, an occupant of this car, was taken to the Lenox Hill Hospital for treatment for bruises received when she was thrown to the floor of the car.

Forty passengers were hurt and shaken up when two trolley cars collided in a fog yesterday near Milltown, N. J., on the South Amboy Line.  Motorman Jacob Baumgartner of Milltown was the only one seriously hurt.

Car Hits Four Autos.

A one-man B. R. T. car on the Jamaica Avenue line ran amuck at Jamaica and Bergen Avenues, Brooklyn, last night, running into four automobiles, injuring a motorist and blocking traffic on both streets for an hour.  Arthur Switzer, the motorman, lost control of his car and ran it into four automobiles that were waiting for cross traffic on Bergen Avenue to stop.  Moses Le Roche of 308 Fulton Street, Jamaica, an occupant of one of the automobiles, was taken to St. Mark's Hospital for injuries to his back.

Motorcycle Policeman Joseph Theis, 27 years old, of 296 Lincoln Road, Brooklyn, was injured in a fall yesterday when chasing an automobile on Flatbush Avenue near Kings Highway.  George Bardelmas of 89 Conklin Avenue, who was driving the automobile, saw the accident and stopped, taking Theis to the nearest police booth.  The policeman was taken to the Kings County Hospital, while Bardelmas always taken to the Parkville Police Station, where he was handed a summons for speeding.

Jack Navro, 6 years old, of 420 East Seventy-sixth Street, was struck by an automobile hearse when trying to cross Second Avenue near his home.  He was taken to Reception Hospital.

Daniel Guider, 42, of 1,524 Second Avenue, was struck by an automobile near his home and was taken to Reception Hospital.

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