Driver Freed On
Kathryn Durdel Death Caused by Fractured Skull, Coroner Says- Miss Kathryn Durdel, 23, an honor graduate nurse of Flower Hospital, was killed in the 3300 block of Cherry Street at 6:50 a. m. today when she was struck by the automobile driven by Law¬ rence Parks, 38, of 3844 Egge- man Avenue, proprietor of a tavern.
Her death was the first to result from a traffic accident in Lucas County in 1939.
Parks was arrested as a material witness and released on $500 bond by Coroner William M. Shapiro.
Home in Elmore
Miss Durdel's home was in El¬ more, O., ,but since she had been put in charge of the surgery at Flower Hospital she had been living in the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Spitjer, 315 HilJwood Drive.
Mirs Durdel left the Spitler home at 6:45 a. m to walk to the hos¬ pital, where she was to go on duty 15 minutes later. Parks, who oper¬ ates a restaurant and tavern at 388 Phillips Avenue, was driving north in Cherry Street.
Miss Durdel started to cross Cherry Street, 51 feet north of the Oakland Avenue intersection, where there is a traffic light.
Parks told Patrolmen Howard Tripp and Lynn Waters that he had stopped for the traffic light and was driving at about 25 miles an hour when Miss Durdel sudden¬ ly emerged from behind a parked automobile., :t / a, r.-«..v....;[
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MISS KATHRYN DURDEL
Year's First Traffic Victim
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