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AUTO'S PLUNGE KILLS GIRL.

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AUTO'S PLUNGE KILLS GIRL.

The New York Times
December 16, 1909


Her Fiance Badly Injured as Car Falls 100 Feet Down Incline.

PASADENA, Cal., Dec. 15.—Miss Agnes Claypool, 18 years old, daughter of a resident of Pasadena, was killed, and Harvey Bissell of Grand Rapids, Mich., was perhaps fatally injured last night in an automobile accident.

Mr. Bissell and Miss Claypool were riding in a racing automobile, which went over the edge of the narrow Eagle Rock Valley road and fell 100 feet down the steep incline.  Miss Claypool's body was found under the machine.  A broken rib had punctured her lungs.  Bissell was lying near by.  His collarbone and right leg were broken and his spine was injured.

Bissell said that as the machine started over the edge of the incline he was unable to check its flight with the brake.  He called to Miss Claypool to jump, but it was too late.  The heavy machine plunged down the embankment and turned over.

It is said that Bissell and Miss Claypool were to have been married this Winter.  Bissell is the son of M. R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, former head and founder of the Bissell Carpet Sweeper Company, who died several years ago.

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