Bryant, Richard (Unknown - July 29, 1940)

SPEED CLAIMS ANOTHER LIFE

Lance Creek Worker Dies Of Injuries Received Monday

Douglas Enterprise - July 30, 1940

Excessive speed was charged Monday as the cause of another death on the Wyoming highways.

Richard Bryant, 30, an oil field worker at Lance Creek, died in the Lusk hospital about 8 o'clock Monday morning from injuries received in an accident on the 77 hill, about 7 miles north of Lance Creek at 1 a.m. Monday.

Louis W. Davis, driver of the 1940 Ford sedan, license No. 14-1664, came out of the wreckage with only a minor cut on his left leg. Bryant had a fractured skull, concussion of the brain, crushed ribs and chest, but lived seven hours.

Davis was taken to the hospital and after treatment, was arrested by Highway Patrolman Jess Miller. Davis is in the county jail at Lusk and charges of manslaughter are being filed against him.

Miller, in investigating the accident, estimated the speed of the car at about 90 miles per hour. The machine shattered five guard rail posts on a turn, plunged thru the air 90 feet, and went down a 100-foot embankment. Landing on one side, the car bounded up a dozen feet, turning over once and came to a rest on its side on the higher ground. The car was a complete wreck.

Two Hurt When Car Rolls Over

An accident in that vicinity Sunday morning did not prove fatal, however, the occupants, Harry Drieling and Miss Avanell Alter, both of Lusk, were injured.

The accident occurred about 3 miles west of Manville as the couple were returning from a dance. The driver apparently lost control of the car. Leaving the road, the car turned over one and one-half times, Miss Alter being thrown a distance of 30 feet.

She suffered three breaks in her collar bone, was badly bruised and had minor cuts. Drieling was badly bruised. Miss Alter is a reporter on the Lusk Free Lance.

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