January 18, 1936
Auto-Truck Crash Kills Boy
Four Others In Auto Are Cut,Bruised
Accident Occurs on Highway Near Newcomers Melvin Shields, 10,of Frost, O., Athens county, was initially injured and
four others severely cutand bruised at 7 p.m. Friday when a sedan in which they were riding sideswiped atruck on U.S. Route 21, three miles north ofNewcomerstown.
The party wasreturning home from Cleveland, where they had attended the funeral of arelative, when the sedan ran into the side of the truck, tearing off the leftside of the sedan.The child was found several minutes later in
the rearof the car, unconscious and badly injured.
The Jones-Lydick ambulance wascalled and the boy was taken to the office of Dr. C. A. Hanson in Newcomerstown,where he died 15 minutes later.He was found to have sustained a fracturedskull.
Injured passengers of the car were:
Mrs. Pearlie Shield,53, of Frost, O., mother of the boy, face and head lacerations and severeshock.
Emerson Stout, 63, Coolville, O., bruised jawbone and facelacerations.
Clyde Stout, 17, Coolville, deep head and face lacerations.
Ami Partlow, Longbottom, O., driver of the car, minorinjuries.
Gerald Barnhart, 24 of Canton, driver of the freight truck, wasexonerated of blame by authorities. F. C. Kohen of Canton, owner of the truck,was a passenger.Neither Mr. Barnhart, nor Mr. Kohen wasinjured.
Auto Driver Held
Mr. Partlow, driver of the sedan was beingheld today by Tuscarawas county authorities for questioning.He told StatePatrolmen W. D. Mariner and E. P. Webb of New Philadelphia; who investigated theaccident, he was unable to see the edge of the road on account of thesnow.
Witnesses told authorities Mr.Parltow was crowding, the center ofthe road when he collided with the truck.The sedan was reported to havebeen traveling at a rate of about 35 miles an hour.The car is owned byPearlie Sheilds of Frost, O., who was not in the car.
Second Car HitsTruck
Shortly after the sedan and truck collided, a sedan driven byCharles Herbert of Newcomerstown, who was following the Shields sedan ran intothe truck.Mr. Herbert was uninjured.
The injured were taken to Dr.Hanson's office in Newcomerstown where they were treated.The boy's bodyand the four injured persons were taken to Coolville, O., thismorning.
Coroner Albert Balmer of New Philadelphia pronounced the youth'sdeath accidental.The coroner and Sheriff Abe Laird of New Philadelphiawere to question, Mr. Partlow today.
January 19, 1936
Hold Autoist After Mishap
Charged withManslaughter in Second Degree As Result of Boy's Death
A plea of notguilty to a second degree manslaughter charge was entered by Ami Partlow, 23, ofLongbottom, O., Meigs county when he was arraigned Saturday before Justice EdgarC. Browne, New Philadelphia, in connection with the
accidental death of MelvinShields, 10, of Frost, O., in an auto-truck collision three miles north ofNewcomerstown Friday night.
Partlow waived examination and was bound overto the Tuscarawas county grand jury.He was remanded to county jail in NewPhiladelphia, where he had been held for questioning since Friday night.Partlow was the driver of the sedan in which the Shields boy was riding when thecollision occurred.
Witnesses told authorities Partlow was crowding the center of the road when he ran into the side of a truck driven by GeraldBarnhart of Canton.The left side of the sedan was sheared off.Theboy was found unconscious several minutes after the accident in the rear of thecar.He died 15 minutes later in the office of a Newcomerstownphysician.
Partlow told state police he was unable to see the edge of thebecause of the snow.Mr. Barnhart, driver of the truck, was exonerated ofblame by authories.Coroner Albert Balmer of New Philadelphia pronouncedthe boy's death accidental.