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|New Zealand Herald, 5th May 1936|
HEAD-ON COLLISION MOTOR-CAR AND TRUCK OTHER OCCUPANTS INJURED
A resident of Kohimarama, Mrs. Frances Mary McLeigh, aged 51, was killed, and five other people were slightly injured when a motor-car in which they were travelling from Huntly to Auckland was involved in a head-on collision with a motor-truck on the main road, two miles south of Mercer, late on Sunday night.
Mrs. McLeigh, who lived at 6 Taranaki Street, Kohimarama, "was in the back of the car. When the collision occurred, she was thrown forward violently, striking her head on the front seat. Her injuries proved fatal shortly afterward.
The six occupants of the motor-car were all relatives. Mr. Carl Hubrick of Stokes Road, Mount Eden, was driving, and in addition to Mrs. McLeigh, he had with fciin Mrs. Hubrick, Mrs. H. Smith, of Domain Street, Kohimarama, Mrs. V. Long, of Taranaki Street, Kohimarama, and Mr. J. E Gee, of Stokes Road.
With the exception of Mrs. McLeigh, the occupants of the motor-car escaped with bruises and severe shock. They had been to Huntly to visit Mrs. McLeigh's son.
The driver of the truck, Mr. A. Sigley, of Auckland, was unhurt.
Both the motor-car and the truck were damaged extensively.
Constable McLean, of Mercer, was notified, and Dr. H. Stewart Douglas was summoned from Pukekohe. He found that Mrs. McLeigh had died before his arrival.
The drums of petrol, which made up the load on the truck, slid forward when the collision occurred, and caused considerable damage to the cab of the truck. Both vehicles were later towed awav.
An inquest concerning Mrs. McLcigh's death was opened yesterday by the district coroner, Mr. C. K. Lawrie. Evidence of identification was given by Mr. John McLeigh, husband of deceased, and the inquiry was then adjourned. Mrs. McLeigh had lived in New Zealand all her life, having been born at Te Puke. She is survived by her husband and an adult family of two sons and two daughters.
|New Zealand Herald, 8th August 1936|
A FATAL COLLISION LORRY AND MOTOR-CAR
HUSBAND CLAIMS DAMAGES DEFENCE DENIES NEGLIGENCE
A claim for £1OOO damages and costs, arising out of a motor collision on the Great South Road, near Mercor, on the night of May 3, which resulted in the death of Mrs. Frances Mary McLeigh, aged 51, of Kohimarama, was heard in the Supreme Court yesterday before Mr. Justice Fair and a jury.
Plaintiff was deceased's husband, John McLoigh, City Council employee (Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Winter), who brought the action as administrator of the estate of his wife, on his own behalf and on that of his daughter, Rona Hughes McLoigh, aged 16, against Victor Lewis Shuter, of Auckland, cartage contractor (Mr. Goldstine).
The accident occurred when a motorcar driven by Carl Hubrick, of Auckland, in which deceased was a passenger, met a motor-truck belonging to defendant and driven by his employee, Albert Roy Sigley.
Mrs. McLoigh died shortly after the accident. The motor-car was travelling toward Auckland and the motor-truck was the second of two going in the opposite direction.
Plaintiff's Allegations Plaintiff claimed that the collision was due to the negligent driving of defendant or of Sigley, or both. It was alleged against defendant, who was driving the front motor-truck, that he failed to give sufficient warning of his intention before suddenly reducing the speed of his vehicle in view of other traffic. The allegations against Sigley were that he drove at such a speed that tho vehicle could not be brought, to a standstill in half tho length of clear road visible; that* he failed to keep the lorry to the correct side; that he failed to keep a proper look-out; that he drove with inefficient brakes; that, he failed to take proper precautions to avoid a collision; that he travelled at excessive speed; and that he attempted to pass when the lorry in front was drawing level with the approaching motor-car. The defence was a denial of negligence.
Mr. Sullivan said that plaintiff was the father of four children, the youngest of whom was 16. He had lost the services of his wife in the home, and as a result ho had to employ a maid at the cost of 15s a week, and had other additional household expenses ot 5s a week.
Loss of Wife's Services John McLeigli said that as a result of his wife's death he had suffered pecuniary loss. The other members of the family living at home were employed, and therefore it had been necessary to engage a servant to look after their home. To Mr. Goldstine. plaintiff said the maid did not manage his home as economically as his wife had done.
Carl Hubrick, of Auckland, bacon curer, the driver of the motor-car in which deceased was a passenger, said that he saw the two motor-trucks approaching. He was on his correct side and was about to pass the first truck when the second one shot in tho path of his car. Witness applied both brakes and almost stopped his car, but a collision occurred. The vehicles were interlocked, and Mrs. McLeigh, who was in the back sent, was gravely hurt and died a little later
To Mr. Goldstine, witness said it was a fine night. Witness had his headlamps, which were fairly powerful, set in the dipped position. He denied that he had ever used the lights in the "full" position. Evidence was also Riven by James Ernest Gee, a passenger in the previous witness' motor-car. Evidence of Motorist Eugene Keller, farmer, of Taupiri, said he followed the first motor-truck from Pokeno and through Mercer. South of Mercer the second truck, which was ultimately involved in the collision, passed witness at a speed he estimated at 55 to 60 miles an hour, and pulled in behind the first truck. The three vehicles continued in line for some time, at about 40 miles an hour, and then the second truck pulled to the right apparently to pass the first truck. He was doing close on 50 miles an hour as he was trying to overhaul the first truck at the time of the accident," witness added. The second truck and the oncoming motor-car collided almost head-on.
Constable McLean, formerly of Mercer, said he was called to the accident. A piece of rubber tubing on the braking system of the lorry was punctured and fluid was flowing out. Constable Maguire, who is attached to the detective staff and is a qualified mechanic, described the principle of a hydraulic braking system. He considered that the break in the tube was recent, and it would be fair to infer that it occurred before the impact.
Case For Defence Opens
Mr. Goldstine said that defendant denied negligence, and claimed that it was an inevitable accident, beyond defendant's control. The brakes of the truck wero overhauled five days before the accident. It was denied emphatically that an attempt was being made to pass the vehicle in front. If it had not been for the failure of the braking system, the motor-truck would never have been on its wrong side of the road. Victor Lewis Shuter, defendant, said that when he was operating two trucks he always went ahead and the driver followed. On the night of the accident witness was driving the first truck at about 28 miles an hour south of Mercer, when he saw a car approaching with glaring headlights The lights blinded him, so he dipped the truck lights in the hope that the oncoming driver would also dip his lights. There was no response. So witness, who could see very little ahead, pulled to the left and slowed to a walking, pace. The approaching motor-car passed fairly fast and a collision occurred with the second truck,_ witness added. He immediately examined tho brakes of the truck and found the foot-brake useless. To Mr. Sullivan, defendant said that he gave no warning to tho following driver of his intention to reduce speed At the conclusion of defendant's evidence, the hearing was adjourned until Monday morning.
Voter lists 1928 Eden, Auckland Carl Hubrick 32 Altham Avenue, Butcher Ruby Hubrick 32 Altham Avenue, married 1935 Eden, Auckland Carl Hubrick, 32 Altham Avenue, Pork Butcher Ruby Hubrick, 32 Altham Avenue, married
|New Zealand Herald, 9th July 1937|
Mr. Carl Hubrick and Family, of 15 Stokes Rd., Mt. Eden, express their appreciation and wish to sincerely thank kind friends and relations for their sympathy and help in their recent sad bereavement,
also for the many letters, cards, telegrams and floral emblems received.
|New Zealand Herald, 5th July 1937|
On July 5, at Mater Misericordiae Hospital
Ruby Madeline, beloved wife or Carl Hubrick,
of 15, Stokes Road. Mount Eden, and loving mother of Reggie, Marjorie and Daphne, in her forty-seventh year. Funeral notice later.
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