Boy hit by Hemingray Automobile dies


Publication: The Muncie Evening Press

Muncie, IN, United States
p. 8, col. 1




Youth Run Down by Hemingray

Automobile Grows Suddenly

Worse and Dies






Daniel Skelley, fifteen year old son of Mrs. Catherine Skelley, a tailoress residing at 826 East Jackson street, died unexpectedly at 8:30 o'clock last night, in the Mix hospital, as the result of injuries received when he was run over by Ralph Hemingray's automobile about two weeks ago.

The lad's sudden demise was a surprise to the attending physician and a shock to the members of the family, as the boy was apparently recovering and it was thought that he would be able to go home within a few days. Yesterday afternoon, however, the lad took a decided change for the worse and seemed to collapse all at once. The mother and brother and little sisters were summoned to the bedside at once and by 6 o'clock the physicians had given up all hope of being able to save young Skelley.

The doctors are not yet able to state just what caused the boy's death. His injuries at first were thought to be of a very serious nature but as he steadily improved the physicians came to believe that he would get along all right. There was a fracture of the bone just below the ear but it was not though that this affected the brain. The lad's head was cut and his scalp torn but there were no bones broken about his body. All the bodily functions were being performed in a normal manner yesterday.

The accident occurred about 8 o'clock on the evening of July 28, at the corner of Main and Madison streets, and it is said to have been unavoidable. Mr. Hemingray, with his wife and nephew, were driving west on Main toward Madison on their way to a dressmaker's house and young Skelley and two boy companions were coming east on their bicycles. Mr. Hemingray turned south on Madison street and the lad, it is said, also turned his machine south on Madison. The wheel either collided with the automobile or the curb and Skelley was thrown under the big machine. Although it was necessary to push the car off the lad's body he did not become unconscious but made an attempt to get up, stating that he was not badly hurt.

Young Skelley was taken at once to the Mix hospital in the automobile. When the injuries were dressed he seemed to grow stronger and when several days had passed without unfavorable symptoms the physicians thought that the boy was on the high road to recovery. Young Skelley was always cheerful and when relatives and friends visited him, never failed to inform them that he was not badly hurt and would soon be out.

Mr. and Mrs. Hemingray were deeply grieved when they heard of the lad's sudden death. They had done everything possible for him and had employed a special nurse to care for the boy. Each day Mr. Hemingray came to the hospital to inquire after the boy and was there yesterday afternoon when young Skelley became suddenly worse.

The mother and family are prostrated with grief over the unexpected termination of the affair. The lad is said to have been an unusually bright boy. He would have celebrated his sixteenth birthday one week from today, and was liked by every one who knew him. He had been working during the summer in the drug store of Arthur Heim and was returning from the postoffice with stamps when the accident occurred.

The remains were removed to the mother's home last night. The mother, three small sisters and one little brother survive.

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Researcher:Roger Lucas / Bob Stahr
Date completed:September 8, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;