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The New York Times
April 20, 1914

Steering Gear Breaks and Passengers Are Pinned Under it.

Two women and a man were injured mortally last night when a taxicab driven by James Ingram, Jr., of 103 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, turned turtle on Ocean Parkway, Coney Island.

Ingram had been driving about Coney Island all day, and about 8 o'clock he was engaged by Alexander Hony, 23 years old, an Egyptian rug dealer of 62 Atlantic Avenue, to take himself, Mrs. Ellen Miller, 24 years old, of 221 East Eleventh Street, and Mrs. Katherine Leivchas, 23 years old, of 158 West Fifteenth Street, Manhattan, back to the city.

Ingram started off at a fair rate of speed, but this was soon increased until they were speeding north on Ocean Parkway.  Between O and P Avenues Ingram felt the steering gear give and break, and the next moment the front wheels locked to the right and the taxicab overturned. Ingram was thrown to the sidewalk and his passengers were imprisoned beneath the cab.  Ingram was knocked unconscious for the moment, and pedestrians rushed to the rescue of those beneath the cab, and at the same time an ambulance call was sent to the Coney Island Hospital.  Dr. McKitterick responded and found Hony and the two women unconscious, and removed them to the hospital.  Ingram had recovered, but was taken to the hospital ton have his head treated.

Dr. McKitterick rushed the injured persons to the operating rooms of the hospital and an immediate examination was made.  He found that Hony had suffered concussion of the brain and internal injuries, and Mrs. Leivchas had her skull fractured, an arm broken, and internal injuries.

It was stated late last night that all three would die.  Ingram was discharged, as his injuries were only lacerations of the scalp.

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