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 Lester Wayne Cardwell

Lester Wayne Cardwell

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 12 Apr 1936 (aged 18)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 09 105 5
Memorial ID 127211 · View Source
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Davis Sheriff
Probes Crash
Fatal to Three

Five Survivors Battle
Death in Salt Lake
Hospital Beds

With three persons dead and five others battling for life in Salt Lake City hospitals, members of the Davis county sheriff's office Monday continued their investigation of the tragic head-on automobile collision which occurred on the new Ogden highway early Sunday.

The third victim of the crash was Max Carlston, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Carlston, 1196 East Forty-eighth South street. He died in a local hospital Monday at
12:10 a. m., of a fractured skull and pelvis.

He followed in death Richard Eldridge Smoot, 21, of Bountiful, a son of Alma Smoot of Provo and nephew of former Senator Reed Smoot, and Lester Wayne Cardwell, 18, a son of Lester J. Cardwell, Oakland, Cal., and Mrs. Annie McGhie Cardwell, of 4840 South State street.

Face Crushed
Young Smoot suffered a crushed face and left leg fracture, while Cardwell succumbed to a crushed skull.

Reports Monday night from hospitals on five persons injured in the wreck were:

Rex Turner, 21, son of Mrs. Effie Turner of Farmington, in a "fair" condition, suffering from a possible skull fracture, fractured right thigh and multiple lacerations.

Alzada Denney, 20, daughter of W. E. Denney of Union, in "fair" condition, suffering from fractures of both legs, fractured left thigh and severe bruises.

Shirley Tuft, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland A. Tuft of Holladay, in "fairly good" condition, suffering fractured left thigh and severe bruises.

Brain Concussion
Howard Parker, 20, son of W. C. Parker, 125 East Forty-eighth South street, in "fairly good" condition, suffering from brain concussion.

Mildred Whittle, 16, daughter of Mrs. John Whittle, 4906 Wasatch street, in "fairly good" condition, suffering from a fractured jaw and concussion.

From Farmington it was learned that Frank S. Vowles, 21, son of George W. Vowles, was recovering at his home from possible internal injuries and minor cuts.

Only a few bits of splintered glass and torn metal Monday marked the spot beside a peaceful Davis county field where the two late model sedans, one driven by Vowles and the other, reported driven by Carlston, catapulted together.

Sheriff Joseph Holbrook of Davis county said Monday night he was confident no liquor was involved in the accident. He reported a thorough investigation had failed to reveal traces of bottles in either machine.

Accident Cause
"I believe the accident was caused because a group of children were intoxicated with the beauty of a spring night," the official said. "Several witnesses have told us the Carlston machine was traveling at a high rate of speed."

The sheriff said young Vowles told him he was driving north, accompanied by Smoot and Turner, when the Carlston car "slipped over on our side of the road and struck us."

As soon as the injured persons recover sufficiently to be questioned, the investigation will be continued, Sheriff Holbrook asserted.

Funeral services for Lester Wayne Cardwell will be conducted Wednesday at noon in the L. D. S. Murray First ward chapel, with Bishop S. E. Bringhurst officiating. Friends may call at the George A. Jenkins mortuary Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday until noon. Burial will be in the Murray city cemetery.

Services for Max Carlston have not been announced.

Funeral services for Richard Eldridge Smoot will be held Thursday at 2 p. m., in the Bonneville L. D. S. ward chapel at Provo. Bishop Andrew Jensen will preside.

Burial will be in the Provo city burial park, under the direction of the Deseret Mortuary. Friends may call at the mortuary, 262 South First East street, Wednesday and up to 10 a. m. Thursday, and at the family home, 758 Milton avenue, prior to the services.


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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127211
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lester Wayne Cardwell (15 Nov 1917–12 Apr 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127211, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .