NEEL, Grandville D.

Dos Palos Star, Dos Palos, CA., Friday, January 8, 1926

WATSONVILLE MAN KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT

Grandville D. Neel, brother of Mrs. C. N. Thomas, was fatally injured here on New Years day when the car in which he was riding turned over on the Los Banos highway near the Belmont ranch. His cousin, Mrs. A. G. Fox, another occupant of the car, suffered two broken legs, a broken wrist and a basal fracture of the skull, while her daughter, Miss Adelaide, who was driving, escaped with a few cuts and bruises.

The party had left their homes in Watsonville early in the morning to attend a family reunion and New Year's dinner at the J. W. Thomas home, and the accident happened when about three miles from their destination. In passing a large truck one front wheel of their car ran off the highway, the wet pavement causing the car to skid.
It turned completely over, landing bottom side up in the ditch and pinning the occupants beneath.

Passing motorists picked up the injured people and brought them to the Thomas home where Dr. T. R. Trick was hastily summoned. Neel had one broken leg, and was suffering from shock, which affected the heart, and he passed away two and a half hours after the accident. He was the owner of the Inside Garage at Watsonville, and was a frequent visitor here at the home of his sister.

The remains were shipped to Red Bluff Monday for burial in the family plot, and his sisters, Mrs. C. N. Thomas and Miss Martha Neel left by the same train to attend the funeral.

Mrs. Fox was moved to the Los Banos sanitarium Tuesday and is on the road to recovery, although it will be some time before she will be about again.

The accident has cast a gloom over the entire community and hearts go out in sympathy to the stricken relatives.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone