As reported 39 years ago in The Columbia News, Jan. 2, 1964.
Evans High student hurt in Christmas crash
Evans High student Steve Craven was involved in a very serious automobile accident Christmas evening.
Craven and Allen Russell left Odell Sprouse's house on Furys Ferry Road in separate automobiles about 9 p.m. Driving south, Steve passed Allen and apparently lost control of the car while doing about 60-65 mph - swerving from side to side of the road and crashing into Reed's Creek bridge abutment.
The car landed across the creek. Steve was pinned under the car by the right rear door.
Curiosity seekers later stated that rabbit hairs were found on the car chassis and that a dead rabbit was under the car inferring that Craven swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit. Russell stated that he had not seen a rabbit in the highway.
Craven sustained a concussion, fractured collarbone, three broken ribs, collapsed lung, fractured pelvis and several severe serious bruises.
The generator was found up in a tree. The motor, the transmission, and the drive shaft were in separate pieces. One cylinder head was sheared off the motor. The front end was torn off the car. The steering wheel was still in the car but jammed down on the front seat. This was one of those rare cases where a seat belt would have meant death.
Thomason in Antarctica
Calvin Thomason, parachute rigger third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Thomason of 313 Old Evans Road, Martinez, is serving with Air Development Squadron Six operating in Antarctica.
He will return from Operation Deep Freeze 64 to his squadron's home base at Quonset Point, R.I., in March.
Clary in Air Force
William C. Clary III, son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Clary, Jr., of Harlem, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in a University of Georgia ceremony on Dec. 13.
Clary graduated from Toccoa High School in 1959, attended Georgia Tech for two years and finished his work at Georgia.
A finance major, he will report to Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., for assignment to the Finance Department of the 1100th Support Group.
Nichols completing school
Second Lt. Charles E. Nichols, whose parents live at 3212 Washington Road, Martinez, is scheduled to complete an officer orientation course at the Army Air Defense School, Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 6.
The 23-year-old officer is a 1958 graduate of Richmond Academy in Augusta and a 1963 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
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