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The New York Times
December 1, 1909

Another Man Hurt When William Sommer's Machine Got Beyond Control.

Special to The New York Times.

MORRISTOWN, N. J., Nov. 30.—William Lyon, 35 years old, of Bernardsville, was killed, and Andrew Keegan, chauffeur, of Newark, was injured in an automobile accident on Fox Hill on the Parsippany Road, eleven miles from here to-night.  With the two men was William Sommer, head of the firm of D. Osborne & Co. of 851 Broad Street, Newark, and it was his car in which the men were riding.

The hill was a steep one.  Mr. Sommer was at the wheel when the accident happened.  He lost control of the machine, and it crashed into a telephone pole at the side of the road.

Lyons was thrown on his head on the hard macadam road and instantly killed.  Keegan had his right leg broken and his left arm injured, and he may be injured internally.  Sommer was also thrown out, but landed on soft earth, and aside from slight bruises and scratches was unhurt.  He hastened for assistance to a nearby house, and Keegan was carried there.  Dr. E. P. Cooper of Parssippany cared for him.  He was later brought to the Memorial Hospital here in an ambulance.

Lyons was the proprietor of the Bernardsville inn known as the Old Stone Hotel for many years.  Mr. Sommer called for him this afternoon after going to Bernardsville from Somerville.  The party came through Morristown and went to Denville, where they stopped and visited George Carmer, proprietor of the Denville Hotel.

From there the party set out for Newark by way of Parsippany.

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