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Richard Lee Hancock
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Birth: Jun. 26, 1945
Death: Sep. 8, 1976

Anderson Daily Bulletin (Anderson, Indiana) Thur Sept 9, 1976


Three Cars Involved in Northwest Fatality

A tragic three car accident occurred on the city's northwest side Wednesday afternoon resulted in the death to two area men and injuries to a third person.

Dead are Richard L Hancock, 31, Rt 2, Alexandria and Kenny W. Brown, 27, 1812 Wodbine. Both were drivers of two of the three cars involved in the accident. Hancock died instantly of a severed aorta and severed spine and other internal injuries, according to Madison County coroner, John Noffze.

Brown died at the I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis at 7 p.m., three hours after the accident occured. He suffered severe head injuries as a result of the crash. His body was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital where an autopsy is scheduled today.

A passenger in the Hancock vehical, Brad Z. Power, 25, 38 W Free Road, sustained lacerations to his head and face and is listed in satisfactory condition today at Community Hospital.

The accident occured on Raible Ave. about 400 feet south of Briar Road. According to city police, Brown was driving north of Raible Avenue when he apparently attempted to pass a car driven by Marily J. King, 45, 4320 Nichol Ave. Browns auto failed to complete the pass and struck King's car in the left rear, knocking it off the road in a drainage ditch on the east side of the street, Mrs. King was not injuried.

Brown was apparently unable to return his car to the proper land and it continued across the center line and struck Hancock's southbound vehicle head-on.

Police say they are continuing an investigation of the fatal accident in an effort to determine if excessive speed was a factor.

The two deaths bring this years traffic toll for the city to eight. There have been a total of nineteen traffiuc deaths in Madison County this year.

According to police reports, both victums were trapped in their mutilated vehicles several minutes and fire department rescue workers were called to the scene to extract them, other fire department units were dispatched to the scene in case of fire.

Hancock was engaged to be married soon, was born in Anderson and had lived in the area all his life. He was a production supervisor with Electra-Bearcat Electronics at Cumberland, Indiana and was a member of Saint Matthew United Methodist Church.

He was a 1963 graduate of Highland High School and also a graduate of Tri-State University in Angola where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Hancock is survived by one daughter by a previous marriage, Andrea Jo; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hancock and fiancee Kris Handy all of Anderson.

Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Mark Mullins of Fostoria, Ohio.

Services for Hancock will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. at Baker Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack King officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Friday

(Note: there is more in this article but pertains to Brown)

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  Mary Martha Stinson Hancock (1919 - 2008)
Anderson Memorial Park
Madison County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Dec 08, 2011
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