Mt. Morris Motorcycle Rider Killed in Collision
Smith F. Spitznogle, 21, Victim of Holiday Mishap on Bowlby Hill, Route 19 in W. Va. Sipeswiped Auto
Crashing into the side of an approaching automobile and then sideswiping another machine, Smith F. Spitznogle, 21, of Mt. Morris, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock on Bowlby Hill, three miles south of Mt. Morris, on Route 19.
West Virgina State Police reported that the fatality was the third caused by motorcycle riders in that state within a period of less than two months and all riders were from Pennsylvania.
Investingating officers said that Spitznogle was traveling south on Route 19 and apparently lost control of his machine while approaching the crest of the hill and struck a machine driven by a Washington, Pa. man then sideswiped a machine following the Washington car. The young man died at the scene of the crash and sustained multiple injuries, any of which could have resulted in his death.
A West Virginia coroner's jury viewed the body at Morgantown, after which it was then returned to the Charles M. Condit Funeral Home at Mt. Morris.
Spitznogle was born in the Mt. Morris district February 22, 1919, a son of John and Mary Rose Spitznogle, who survive along with two brothers and two sisters, Clark, Glenn, Isabella and Elsidean, all at home.
He was employed by the Christopher Mining Company.
Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger, July 5, 1940
SPITZNOGLE - Funeral services for Smith F. Spitznogle, late of Mt. Morris, will be held Sunday afternoon, July 7, at 2 o'clock from the Blacksville Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Long officiating, assisted by the Rev. Walter Barnes. Interment will be in the Blacksville Cemetery.
Democrat Messenger, July 6, 1940 (Waynesburg, PA)
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