Bryan, Albert F. (Unknown - June 12, 1929)


A.F. Bryan of Guernsey Is the Victim TWO ACCIDENTS SAME SPOT Man Stopping to Help in Trouble of Another Man Loses His Life as a Result

Douglas Budget - June 13, 1929

A.F. Bryan of Guernsey was fatally injured yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a car driven by John Erb on the Yellowstone Highway seven miles south of Douglas. Still breathing, he was placed in a car and rushed to Douglas, but died before reaching here.

Bryan, who had recently disposed of his business at Guernsey, was enroute to Casper and riding with him was C.K. Woodland, a traveling man of Boulder, Colo. Where the accident occurred had been the scene of another accident a short time before and this was indirectly the cause of Bryan losing his life. David Lloyd and his brother, young men from Everett, Wash., riding in a Hupmobile car, went down the bank here when their car struck a rut and became unmanageable. David Lloyd suffered a fractured elbow as the result of this mishap, his brother escaping with minor bruises and the car being badly damaged.

When Bryan and Woodland arrived on the scene they stopped to see if they could be of assistance, pulling to the side of the road. Woodland had left the car and was proceeding to the wreck, when the Erb car, coming from behind another car it had been following and traveling at a speed of 30 or 35 miles an hour, struck Bryan as he came from his parked car. Although a large man, weighing over 200 pounds, Bryan was thrown over twenty feet by the impact. He received a fractured skull and was badly cut about the head. He was unconscious when picked up and died before reaching the hospital in Douglas, where Mr. Woodland was bringing him.

Erb was driving north on the Highway, following behind a car driven by J.F. Shanes of Cheyenne, Wyoming manager of the International Harvester Company. The Shanes car stopped when it reached the spot and Erb pulled by it. The view of the road was blocked by the car ahead and Erb, according to his testimony, did not see Bryan until he was upon him. With Erb were his wife and two children. The little girl was cut and bruised, the others escaping injury. The car, a new Ford, was badly damaged. The Erbs who live in the Walker Creek district, had made arrangements to leave today for a visit with Mrs. Erb's relatives in Michigan.

Coroner C.H. Hofmann held an inquest today, the jurors being Max Russell, S.S. Call and R.L. Swan. After hearing the testimony of all the witnesses the jury returned a verdict that the accident was an unavoidable one.

Albert F. Bryan was 60 years of age, a native of Lincoln, Neb. He had just disposed of a coffee shop which he ran in Guernsey. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, who reside at Scottsbluff, Neb., and a son, Elton, of Guernsey. His son arrived here this afternoon from Guernsey and made arrangements for sending the body to the home at Scottsbluff, where burial will be made.


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