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Bernardi, Alesio 1909-1928

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Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Dec. 31, 1928 p1
Motorist Dies in Valley
Alesio Bernardi Killed And Brother Is Badly Hurt
Auto Rams Motor Truck on Carmel Valley Road Near Dairy
Stories Told of Accident Differ

Witnesses Disagree As To Whether Truck Hit Was Pared or Moving
Alesio Bernardi was almost instantly killed and his brother, Deno Barnardi was seriously injured early Saturay evening when an automobile driven by G. De La Mora crashed into a parked truck on the Carmel Valley road. A casing overhanging at the rear of the truck was driven through the front of De La Mora’s car by the force of the impact. The driver escaped uninjured. The accident occurred about one mile above the Hatton Dairy on the Carmel Valley road and the stories told by principals to Deputy District Attorney Argyll Campbell, who with State Traffic Officer Louis Trenner investigated the case, are conflicting in many details. According to De Le Mora’s story he was driving to Monterey at a speed of about 25 miles on hour. He did not see the truck, he told Campbell, until too late to avoid the crash. He maintained that the truck was moving and that its driver, later identified as Carl W. Stanfield of Salinas, leaped from the cab and assisted in removing the dead and injured men. Stanfield said he had parked his truck alongside the road to aid Miss Alice Bernardez, 217 Carmel avenue, Pacific Grove, another motorist who was in trouble. Miss Bernardez was accompanied by a younger sister. Failing to repair the damage Stanfield sent the younger girl to the Martin ranch, where her father was, hailing a passing motorist who furnished transportation. When the younger Miss Bernardez failed to return Stanfield drove the elder girl, in his truck, to the martin ranch where the aid of Hatton Martin was enlisted in the search for the younger sister. The truck was returned and again parked near the stalled Bernardez machine and three people, Martin, Stanfield and Miss Bernardez resumed the search for the lost girl. Returning to the scene of the trouble, riding in the martin machine, the three people noticed a coupe traveling ahead of them. It was moving at about 40 miles an hour, all agreed. They saw the coupe crash into the parked truck. All lights were burning on the truck they said and the parked machine was clearly visible at a distance of from 150 to 200 feet. The dead and injured were rushed to the Carmel hospital by Pete Bartowick, who passed the scene shortly after the accident. The injured man is expected to recover. The conflicting stories of the accident are expected to be ironed out at an inquest set by Coroner J.A. Cornett for 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and at criminal proceedings against De La Mora which Campbell had indicated will follow the inquest. De La Mora was at liberty today on his own recognizance. Funeral services for the accident victim will be held at 10:30 Wednesday morning from the Freeman undertaking parlors. The funeral cortege will proceed to San Carlos church and then to the Monterey Catholic cemetery for burial. Save for his brother, injured in the accident, which caused his death, the young man has no immediate relatives on the peninsula. He was a native of Italy and 19 years old.
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