[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, August 07, 2015 at 14:45:10 :

Marin Journal
Thursday, January 23, 1941
Page 6

2 Dead, 1 Injured In Headon Crash of Autos Near Ignacio

Sergeant Guy H. Groce, 39, of Hamilton Field, was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday evening south of Ignacio, when he crashed his southbound car head on into one driven northbound by Charles B. Hettinger, 67, of Benicia, who had his wife, Mrs. Ola Hettinger, 52, with him.

Hettinger died at the Cottage Hospital here two hours after the accident, and his wife is in a serious condition at the hospital with a compound fracture of the right leg, right elbow, and a fractured hip.

State Patrol Officer Francis Farley says the two machines came together with such force that the Groce car was hurled 15 feet into the air by t he impact. He says that Groce was observed by him to be speeding south and when the officer gave chase the soldier accelerated his speed up to 75 miles per hour, until the car went out of control and plunged across the roadway into the Hettinger car. Sgt. Groce was taken to the Post Hospital at Hamilton Field where he was pronounced dead half an hour afterward.

Groce comes from San Jose. Hettinger is a retired investment broker. His funeral was held Saturday from the Keaton Mortuary, San Rafael, under Masonic auspices, with cremation at Santa Rosa.

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