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Drung, Vernon C 1941-1960

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:39 am    Post subject: Drung, Vernon C 1941-1960 Reply with quote

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA May 17, 1960 p1
Three Persons Killed in Two Auto Accidents on Peninsula
Three young men met death on Peninsula highways in two accidents last night and early this morning. A 16-year-old Pacific Grove High School student was killed and the driver of a second car seriously injured about 10:20 o’clock last night on the Carmel-Pacific Grove cutoff. Less than 2 ˝ hours later two men stationed at the Naval Air Facility died when their car went off the Salinas-Monterey highway and crashed into a tree near San Benancio Canyon road. The dead: Don Wells Lyford, the student, of 2901 Galleon Rd., Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Vernon C. Drung, 19, of the Naval facility, Fred Walton, 26, also of the Naval facility. Lyford was killed when his eastbound car crashed into a westbound sedan on a curve about .6 of a mile west of Highway 1. The driver of the westbound vehicle, Ruth Burris of 684 Alice St., Monterey, was taken to Monterey Hospital with broken ribs, nose and wrist, and cuts to the face. Her condition was not critical, according to County Coroner Christopher Hill Jr. The California Highway Patrol said Lyford was traveling at an apparent excessive rate of speed when his vehicle went over the center line and hit the Burris sedan. Hill said the Lyford car slid broadside into Mrs. Burris’ vehicle. Lyford, taken to Monterey Hospital by Monterey Ambulance, was pronounced dead on arrival there. Hill said he died of a skull fracture. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. The sailors’ westbound convertible, driven by Drung, crashed into a tree about .3 of a mile east of San Benancio Canyon road about 12:35 a.m. Both Drung and passenger Walton were taken to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital by A-1 Ambulance Co. of Salinas, where they were pronounced dead. Hill said they died of head and chest injuries. Drung’s home was in Salem, Ore. Walton’s was not known at press time. Their bodies were taken to Healey Mortuary in Salinas. The fatalities were the 17th, 18th and 19th on county highways this year, compared to 27 at this time in 1959. Born June 15, 1943, in Los Angeles, Lyford lived with his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Drummond. He also leaves his father, Don Lyford of Whittier; two sisters, Nancy and Susan Drummond of Monterey Peninsula Country Club; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wells of Los Angeles; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P. Lyford of Port niches, Tex. Funeral services are pending at Mission Mortuary.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Monterey County Herald

DRUNG VERNON C 1941 04 04 MALE MO MONTEREY 1960 05 17 544424625 19
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