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The New York Times
December 6, 1909

Wife and Children See Him Run Down in a Jersey City Street.

Andrew Darcumowis, father of nine small children, who worked as a barber, died in St. Francis's Hospital, Jersey City, yesterday as the result of injuries he received when knocked down by an automobile owned by Nelson Vanderhoof, a coal merchant at Cole and Fourth Streets.  His death occurred a few minutes after the accident.

Darcumowis lived with his family at 25 Brunswick Street, Jersey City.  They were out for a walk and were homeward bound.  The father watched his family safely across Fourth Street and then started to follow.  Suddenly Vanderhoof's touring car turned from Cole into Fourth Street.  Darcumowis saw it coming, but seemed unable to get out of its way.  The nose of the machine struck him in the side and as he fell a mud guard struck his head, fracturing the skull.

The automobile was stopped and Mr. Vanderhoof lifted the injured man and his family into it and gave orders to hurry to St. Francis's Hospital.  Life was ebbing fast and a few minutes after admission to the institution the injured man died.

In the automobile with Mr. Vanderhoof, who lives at 244½ Fourth Street, were his son Albert,  who acted as chauffeur, and a friend, Harold Maypother.  Young Vanderhoof was held by the police for examination to-day.

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