"Women Drown; Booze - Driven Car Slays Girl", The Chicago Daily Tribune, October 18, 1919

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Child Crushed When Driver Careens Onto Sidewalk.

Death, masquerading in his pet role of frenzied joyrider, piloted two automobiles to tragic denouements yesterday, the total being three dead, as follows:

Mrs. Harry Stingley, 42 years old, Hammond, Ind.

Elizabeth Yonke, 15 years old, Hammond, Ind.

Johanna Mynihan, 3 years old, 5749 South Peoria street.

The accidents occurred far apart. Mrs. Stingley and Elizabeth Yonke were drowned when the Ford touring car in which they were coming to Chicago was sideswiped by a passing Ford, stripped as a racer and Chicago bound and overturned in Wolf lake.

Blame booze for Child's Death

The Mynihan girl was killed when an automobile, driven by Earl Geyer, a realty broker, living at 62 West Sixty-seventh street, careened on to the sidewalk on which she was playing in front of 5753 South Peoria street. Policeman Thomas Connors of the Englewood station was riding with Geyer. Both men had been drinking heavily, say police who investigated.

Woman Causes Death of Two

An automobile driven by a woman caused the death of Mrs. Stingley and Elizabeth Yonke. The accident occurred on what is known as the Lake George pike, which parallels Wolf lake. Mrs. Stingley and the Yonke girl were in the rear seat, in the front seat were Mr. Stingley, 65 years old, and Mrs. Ann Riggs, who was driving the car. They observed overtaking them a Ford racer, with a white torpedo body. In it were two women. Mrs. Riggs hugged the edge of the boulevard as closely as possible, but as the racer passed, it struck the front wheel, causing her to lose control, and her car somersaulted over into Wolf lake.

No attempt was made by the women in the racer to aid them, Mrs. Riggs said. One of them turned around and waved her hand as the racer sped on.