Randolph County, Indiana
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
A Losantville family of four was killed on U.S. [?] just southeast of Muncie Friday night when their car skidded out of control on the icy road and crashed into an oncoming tractor and trailer.
FAMILY OF FOUR KILLED AS
AUTO SKIDS INTO SEMI RIG
Dead are Basil Holcomb, 31, his wife Joyce Ann, 28, and their two daughters, Penny, 6, and Valerie, 9.
The truck driver, George E. Kimmel, Know, said the accident occurred about 10:15 p.m. and gave this account of it. He was traveling west approaching Muncie when he saw two cars coming toward him, both apparently skidding out of control. He swung to the berm on his right and the first car cleared his truck, but the second, the Holcomb vehichel, rammed the truck's left front.
The car spun backward from the impact, its doors open, and went off the south side of the road. Bodies of the Holcomb family were thrown from the car. Valerie's body was found 50 feet east of the impact point. Bodies of the other three members of the family were tossed to the west of the crash point. Holcomb's body was found 70 feet west of the impact.
Kimmel's truck passed over two of the bodies and clipped off a utility pole before stopping in a jackkniffed position near the edge of the highway.
All four members of the Holcomb family were dead when police arrived.
A witness in the crash, Elizah Johnson, Cincinnati, Ohio, who was following the truck, gave a report similar to that of the trucker.
Holcomb was employed at Delco Battery, Muncie, and was reported to have left work at 10 p.m. Mrs. Holcomb had driven from Losantville to pick him up.
The bodies were taken to the Reynard Funeral Home, Losantville [several words missing].
Survivors include Holcomb's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holcomb, near Losantville; Mrs. Holcomb's parents, Mrs. Mary McCunegille, Losantville and Ralph McGunegille, 707 E. Washington St., Muncie, two brothers, Gerald McGunefille, Muncie, and David McGunegille, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
A Randolph County Area Newspaper
LOSANTVILLE, Ind. -- Funeral services
for Basil Holcomb, 31, his wife, Joyce, 28, and their two
daughters, Penny, 6 and Valerie, 3, killed Friday night on
icy U.S. 35 after their car collided with a tractor-trailer near Muncie, will be
conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Reynard Funeral Home, Modoc, with the Rev.
Charles Lacy officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, west of
Friends may call at the funeral home
after noon Sunday.
Survivors include Mr. Holcomb's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holcomb, near Losantville; Mrs. Holcomb's
parents, Mrs. Mary McGunegille, Losantville, and Ralph
McGunegille, 707 E. Washington St., Muncie; two brothers of Mrs. Holcomb's, Gerald
McGunegille, Muncie, and David McGunegille, Fort Bragg, N.C.; a
sister of Mr. Holcomb, Hildred Lillard, Washington, D.C.; and two
brothers, William and Richard, both of New Castle.
Mr. Holcomb was a member of the
American Legion and had served four years in the Navy.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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