Note for: Guerdon Tracy (Bunny) Brundege, 6 May 1932 - 2 Apr 1993 Index
Note for: Eleanor Ann Brundege, 12 Oct 1934 - 29 Apr 1993 Index
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS: POLICE: FOUR KILLED IN TWO-CAR CRASH: Friday, 30 April 1993: Four people were killed Thursday in a two-car accident on Interstate 95 in Liberty County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
The accident occurred at 3: 40 p.m. when a 1987 Lincoln, driven by Joanna Engle, 62, of Brick Township, N.J., left the roadway and slammed into a Ford Econoline van parked on the grassy shoulder of the road.
Pronounced dead at the scene were: Engle, and an unidentified 61-year-old man riding with her. Police said a man and woman from Schenectady, N.Y., riding in the van were also killed in the accident. Police said all four were killed instantly. Late Thursday night police had not established positive identifications of three of the victims.
SAVANNAH EVENING PRESS: 1 May 1993: FAMILIES REEL FROM SHOCK OF FATAL ACCIDENT: Preliminary autopsy results indicate the driver of a Lincoln Town Car might have been unconscious before the car struck and killed another couple on Interstate 95 on Thursday, Liberty County Coroner Sanford Carter said.
"We suspect she might have lost consciousness at the wheel," Carter said. He declined to be more specific until further tests were performed by the Chatham County Medical Examiner.
The two couples, each traveling separately in different vehicles, were killed Thursday while returning from visiting their families in Florida, friends, relatives and authorities said.
William and Eleanor Geddes of Schenectady, N.Y., were standing behind their van in the emergency lane of the interstate when they were struck by a northbound car driven by Joanna Engle, and her husband, Edward, 61, who was a passenger. They were from Bricktown, N.J.
"I don't know why they were standing on the side of the road," said a distraught Linda Lawrence, the Geddeses' only child.
Police said the Geddeses might have pulled alongside the road with mechanical problems with their vehicle when the accident occurred about 3:40 p.m. near mile marker 68.
Evidence at the accident scene backs up the preliminary autopsy results. Georgia State Patrol Trooper Buford Durrence said the Engles' 1986 Lincoln Town Car, traveling about 65 mph, left the roadway abruptly and did not brake before the impact with the Geddeses' van. And the tires on the Lincoln were not blown out, Durrence said.
The Geddeses were standing at the rear of their van, which was pushed about 300 feet from the site of the impact, Durrence said.
Lawrence said her parents were having their 37th wedding anniversary next week and her father was having a birthday. Geddes was 64 and his wife was 58.
Both couples had been married more than 35 years and were nearing anniversary dates, relatives said. Mrs. Engle had turned 63 the day before she and her husband, an engineer, left for Fort Myers and Sarasota to visit relatives. They were to return Friday.
The Engles were going to Myrtle Beach, S.C., before returning to New Jersey. "We're all in a state of shock, we can't imagine what happened," said Ann Lomano, a neighbor of the Engles. The four, and a cocker spaniel in the Lincoln, were killed instantly, police said. Durrence said the Engles were not wearing seat belts.
Note for: William Geddes III, 28 Apr 1929 - 29 Apr 1993 Index
Bill's mother's parents came from Czechoslovakia. His father emigrated from Scotland at age eight.
Note for: Ronald Elmer McAdams, 6 Dec 1936 - Index
Ronald is married to Dema, a Walton telephone operator. They have no children. He worked for the Town of Walton road department.
Note for: Hazel Iva Thomas, 2 Feb 1895 - 29 Sep 1981 Index
Place: Walton Cemetery, Walton, Delaware, NYIndividual Note:
Hazel was a taxi driver in Walton, NY for seventeen years. She was a member of the Walton United Methodist Church. Surviving her was a sister, Mildred Cranston, of Walton. She married Lawrence Budine sometime after her first husband, (?) Lakin died.