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 Don Lee Vallace

Don Lee Vallace

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 24 May 1953 (aged 21)
Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 11 050 4
Memorial ID 59206 · View Source
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Davis Crash
Kills Three,
Injures Five

LAYTON — A speeding automobile, apparently out of control, crashed into another machine north of here yesterday afternoon, leaving three men dead, an Ogden couple seriously injured and their three children hurt.

The three men, two from Salt Lake City and one from Pocatello, Idaho, died almost instantly in the wreckage of their car. It was one of the worst traffic accidents in Utah's history.

Dead are: Don Lee Vallace, 21; David C. Orn, 24, both of Salt Lake city and Tom Maes 22, of Pocatello. All were occupants of the same car.

Remain "Critical"

Remaining in "critical" condition today in the Dee Hospital are, Theadore L. Hansen, 38, and his wife Nina, 34, of 0-3 Bonneville Park.

Mr. Hansen sustained severe head cuts and internal injuries. His wife is being treated for severe head injuries, arm cuts and internal injuries. Her head reportedly crashed through the front windshield.

The couple's three children were also injured. Larry, 4, sustained head and body injuries. His condition today was reported "good." Neal 10 and Janet 2, were released following emergency treatment. Their injuries were minor.

Trooper Mark Birch said the machine that carried the three men to their death passed two other machines on the right side, swerved and passed another on the left and then apparently went out of control as the brakes were applied.

Skids 70 Feet

The machine reportedly skidded diagonally across U. S. Highway 91 for about 70 feet after the brakes were applied, entered the northbound lane of traffic and crashed into the Hansen machine.

Witnesses said they expected the death car to overturn as it struck a bump in front of a service station just before the collision. Trooper Birch said both machines were consider totaled losses. Assisting at the accident scene was Sgt. Eldridge Woods.

Source-Ogden Standard Examiner, OGDEN, UTAH, MONDAY MORNING, MAY 25, 1953




  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59206
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Don Lee Vallace (1 Sep 1931–24 May 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59206, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .