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Richard DeWayne O'Brien
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1924
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1945
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA

Richard O'Brien 21, veteran of World War No. 2, who resided at 1,000 Earl avenue, is dead, and four of his companions are being treated for injuries, as the result of an automobile accident at the intersection of East Second street and Park avenue which occurred shortly after midnight Thursday.

The injured are;
Ivan Snider, 22, of 1307 Nebraska street, severe fracture of the upper jaw, teeth knocked from both the upper and lower jaws, compound fracture of the right ankle, severe gash over the left eye and knee cap torn from the bone. Condition serious.

Dulcia D. Goddard, 19, of 507 Spring street, broken right elbow and other minor injuries.

Mrs. Juanita White, 20 of 514 East Sixth street, broken right thigh and compound fracture of the right leg.

Merle Hurlbut, 22, 302 Stewart road, minor injuries.
Crashes Into Tree
Police said the accident occurred when the car driven by Snider, with the other four as passengers, failed to make the curve at the top of the hill as it was travelling east. The car struck the curb and then crashed into a tree just beyond the curb.

Impact of the crash nearly demolished the machine. The motor was driven back into the front seat, it was reported. Snider and O'Brien, in the front seat, were thrown into the steering wheel and against the dash board.

O'Brien died at Hershey hospital at 6:35 a. m. today. Snider whose injuries are reported serious, and Mrs. White are still under treatment at the hospital. Mrs. White condition is not serious officials said.

Dulcia Goddard and Hurlbut escaped with minor injuries, police said.
Says Hurlbut Fled
According to the police, Hurlbut made his way from the accident scene before police arrived but other passengers in the car said he had been with the group at the time of the accident. He was picked up a short time after near his home and the officers said he denied being in the car.

Dr. C. P. Phillips, County, coroner, who attended the injured and Sheriff Fred B. Nesper, made an investigation of the accident this morning but were undecided at noon whether an inquest would be conducted.

The Crash occurred on the curve at the top of East Second street which has been the scene of scores of accidents during the past few years
Ask Traffic Light
The city council only Thursday night adopted a resolution requesting the Iowa State Highway commission to install a traffic light at the corner, in view of the extreme hazards there and the numerous accidents which have occurred at the intersection recently. On many previous occasions the council had also sought to have the highway commission install more adequate safeguards, but without results.

Richard DeWayne O'Brien the son of Mrs. Edna O'Brien Blake was born in Muscatine Jul 4, 1924, spending his entire life here.

He served in the United States navy for almost four years, with 39 months of the time spent
overseas. He received his honorable discharge from the service on Nov. 6, 1945.
Plan Military Funeral
He was a member of the Musserville Methodist Church and of the John Harold Kemble post Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are his mother, his step-father, Clifford Blake, two sisters, Mrs. Audrey Furnas and Mrs. Betty Venghous, and two uncles, Lloyd and Lester Swank all of Muscatine.

Military funeral rites are being arranged with the services to be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday.
Family links: 
  Jesse Cecil O'Brien (1899 - 1966)
  Edna M O'Brien Blake (1902 - 1977)
  Audrey Elaine O'Brien Furnas (1921 - 1997)*
  Betty Jean O'Brien Venghous (1922 - 1988)*
  Richard DeWayne O'Brien (1924 - 1945)
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Muscatine County
Iowa, USA
Created by: June Welsch
Record added: Nov 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44345143
Richard DeWayne O'Brien
Added by: June Welsch
Richard DeWayne O'Brien
Added by: June Welsch
Richard DeWayne O'Brien
Added by: June Welsch
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- June Welsch
 Added: Nov. 15, 2009

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