January 18, 1936
Auto-Truck Crash Kills Boy
Four Others In Auto Are Cut, Bruised
Accident Occurs on Highway Near Newcomers Melvin Shields, 10, of Frost, O., Athens county, was initially injured and
four others severely cut and bruised at 7 p.m. Friday when a sedan in which they were riding sideswiped a truck on U.S. Route 21, three miles north of Newcomerstown.
The party was returning home from Cleveland, where they had attended the funeral of a relative, when the sedan ran into the side of the truck, tearing off the left side of the sedan. The child was found several minutes later in
the rear of the car, unconscious and badly injured.
The Jones-Lydick ambulance was called and the boy was taken to the office of Dr. C. A. Hanson in Newcomerstown, where he died 15 minutes later. He was found to have sustained a fractured skull.
Injured passengers of the car were:
Mrs. Pearlie Shield, 53, of Frost, O., mother of the boy, face and head lacerations and severe shock.
Emerson Stout, 63, Coolville, O., bruised jawbone and face lacerations.
Clyde Stout, 17, Coolville, deep head and face lacerations.
Ami Partlow, Longbottom, O., driver of the car, minor injuries.
Gerald Barnhart, 24 of Canton, driver of the freight truck, was exonerated of blame by authorities. F. C. Kohen of Canton, owner of the truck, was a passenger. Neither Mr. Barnhart, nor Mr. Kohen was injured.
Auto Driver Held
Mr. Partlow, driver of the sedan was being held today by Tuscarawas county authorities for questioning. He told State Patrolmen W. D. Mariner and E. P. Webb of New Philadelphia; who investigated the accident, he was unable to see the edge of the road on account of the snow.
Witnesses told authorities Mr.Parltow was crowding, the center of the road when he collided with the truck. The sedan was reported to have been traveling at a rate of about 35 miles an hour. The car is owned by Pearlie Sheilds of Frost, O., who was not in the car.
Second Car Hits Truck
Shortly after the sedan and truck collided, a sedan driven by Charles Herbert of Newcomerstown, who was following the Shields sedan ran into the truck. Mr. Herbert was uninjured.
The injured were taken to Dr. Hanson's office in Newcomerstown where they were treated. The boy's body and the four injured persons were taken to Coolville, O., this morning.
Coroner Albert Balmer of New Philadelphia pronounced the youth's death accidental. The coroner and Sheriff Abe Laird of New Philadelphia were to question, Mr. Partlow today.
January 19, 1936
Hold Autoist After Mishap
Charged with Manslaughter in Second Degree As Result of Boy's Death
A plea of not guilty to a second degree manslaughter charge was entered by Ami Partlow, 23, of Longbottom, O., Meigs county when he was arraigned Saturday before Justice Edgar C. Browne, New Philadelphia, in connection with the
accidental death of Melvin Shields, 10, of Frost, O., in an auto-truck collision three miles north of Newcomerstown Friday night.
Partlow waived examination and was bound over to the Tuscarawas county grand jury. He was remanded to county jail in New Philadelphia, where he had been held for questioning since Friday night. Partlow was the driver of the sedan in which the Shields boy was riding when the collision occurred.
Witnesses told authorities Partlow was crowding the center of the road when he ran into the side of a truck driven by Gerald Barnhart of Canton. The left side of the sedan was sheared off. The boy was found unconscious several minutes after the accident in the rear of the car. He died 15 minutes later in the office of a Newcomerstown physician.
Partlow told state police he was unable to see the edge of the because of the snow. Mr. Barnhart, driver of the truck, was exonerated of blame by authories. Coroner Albert Balmer of New Philadelphia pronounced the boy's death accidental.
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