|Birth: ||unknown, Ireland|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1936|
New York, USA
Charles Kurtsinger, noted jockey and Kentucky Derby winner, today faced homicide charges as a hit-and-run driver who fatally injured a middle-aged mill worker when she stepped from a North Yonkers curb during the heavy rainstorm Saturday night.
The dead woman was Miss Anna Ray, forty-nine, of 119 Locust Hill Avenue, an employee of the Alexander Smith and Sons Carpet Company.
Miss Ray started to cross the street at 8:15 P.M. with a brother, Thomas Ray, and Mrs. Mary Sullivan of 64 St. Joseph Avenue. Miss Ray carried an umbrella to shield herself from heavy rain, police were told.
She was about eight feet away from the west curb, police said, when the Kurtsinger machine came down the North Broadway hill, and struck her throwing her eight feet.
Her brother and Mrs. Sullivan escaped being injured. The automobile then continued on its way south, without stopping, police said.
Kurtsinger later told authorities he "felt a bump" but did not believe he had struck anyone. Radio Patrolman Joseph Barber and John Sabol were notified of the accident by Harold Rose of 238 North Broadway. Miss Ray had been taken to St. John's Riverside Hospital, meanwhile, suffering from compound fractures of both legs, possible fractured skull and internal injuries.
Miss Bay died of her injuries at 9:45 A. M. yesterday at the hospital. Kurtsinger won prominence when he rode Mrs. Payne Whitney's Twenty Grand to victory in record time in the 1931 Kentucky Derby.
Miss Ray came to Yonkers from Ireland with her parents, John and Julia Ray, in 1889. and had lived here since that time. She was a graduate, of St. Joseph's School.
She lived in a furnished room at the Locust Hill Avenue address. She is survived by two brothers. Thomas, of 166 Woodworth Avenue, and David Ray of 225 Summerville Place, and by three sisters, Mrs. Magaret Powers of 11 Madison Avenue, Miss Mary Ray and Miss Nellie Ray, both of 134 Lake Avenue.
The funeral will be held from undertaking rooms of Thomas F. Queally at 160 Ashburton Avenue Wednesday morning. A requiem mass will take place at the Monastery Church at 10 A. M. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
(The Herald Statesman, Yonkers New York, August 31, 1936, pgs 1 & 2 - portions extracted)
Saint Joseph Cemetery
New York, USA
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