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 Vernon Ralph Harper

Vernon Ralph Harper

Birth
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 29 Nov 1954 (aged 18)
West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot L, 29, 2
Memorial ID 132488 · View Source
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner
Tuesday, November 30, 1954
page one

UTAH YOUTH LEAPS FROM BURNING CAR; IS KILLED BY AUTO

West Jordan - When flames burst from the engine of his auto late yesterday, 18-year-old Willis (sic) Ralph Harper leaped from the vehicle into the path of another auto and was killed outright.
Three others in his car received minor injuries.
They told officers the front of the auto suddenly exploded into a wall of flames. Harper, who was driving, didn't wait to stop the car, but jumped out the left side. A vehicle traveling the opposite direction on busy Redwood Road ran over him, crushing his head. It was driven by Maurice A. Neuman, 46, of Riverton.
Harper was a resident of Midvale.
The others injured were Gary Broadhead, 14, of Riverton, whose hand was cut when he, too, jumped from the car; Larry Emery, 13, Riverton, cut elbow and burns on the hand, and Arthur Lucero, 14, Riverton, sprained wrist and burns on the hand.
The Emery and Lucero boys remained in the car until it finally hit a fence and stopped.
The fatality was the state's 183rd of the year compared with 187 at this time in 1953.


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  • Maintained by: Burt
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 132488
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vernon Ralph Harper (15 Jul 1936–29 Nov 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 132488, citing Midvale City Cemetery, Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .