Baskett, Theodore (Unknown - August 14, 1949)

Crash Injuries Are Fatal To

Seattle Man Sunday

Douglas Enterprise - August 16, 1949

Water tank hill claimed another victim Sunday when Theodore Baskett, about 54, of Seattle, Wash., died at 10 p.m. at Converse County Memorial hospital of injuries suffered Friday night when the car in which he was a passenger crashed on the curve just west of the hill.

The accident occurred when a car driven by Alvin C. Shoemaker, 33, of Casper, failed to make the curve at the foot of the hill while traveling west, went into the barrow pit and turned over, coming to a stop about 50 yards from the place where it left the highway.

According to other motorists the car was traveling at a high rate of speed as it reached the curve, and narrowly missing the eastbound car driven by Cecil Coe as the Shoemaker auto veered into the eastbound traffic lane, then went off the highway.

Baskett was thrown from the car as it turned over.

The two men were taken to the county hospital by Cecil Stark. Baskett's death resulted from head and body injuries, according to State Highway Patrolman Roger Wasson. Shoemaker suffered a scalp laceration and a hand injury.

Wasson reported that Shoemaker would be cited into justice of the peace court tomorrow (Wednesday) on a charge of reckless driving. He said that the driver, employed in Wyoming, was operating a Utah car with a Washington state license which expired July 31.

Both men were employed as circulation representatives by the Casper Tribune-Herald.

Baskett is survived by his wife, Katherine, three sons, and a brother, C.E. "Strawberry" Baskett, Casper businessman.

Funeral arrangements await the arrival of Mrs. Baskett from Seattle.

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