3rd Victim of Colonial Drive Wreck Dies; Rites Set for Mrs. St. John, Mrs. Derrick

Mikell Patrick of 416 Waccamaw avenue, Columbia, died yesterday afternoon at the Columbia hospital, the third victim of an auto-truck collision at the intersection of Colonial Drive and U. S. Highway 21 early yesterday morning.

Mrs. Frances Arnold Derrick, 23, of Lexington and Mrs. Marion Elizabeth (Betty) St. John, 23, were killed instantly in the wreck.

The accident occurred at 12:15 a.m. when a 1948 Cadillac occupied by two men and two women collided head-on with a large trailer truck.

Ralph Simmons of Winston-Salem, N. C., was driver of the truck.

He said he was going north toward Ridgeway. The automobile was coming south towards Columbia.

The driver of the car, Simmons, said, started to make a left turn into Colonial drive, which forms a “Y” with No. 21 at the intersection.

Seeing that the automobile might not make the turn in time, Simmons veered his truck to the left to avoid a collision.

At the same time the driver of the car, probably sensing too that he had waited too late to turn, cut back to his right.

The result was a head-on collision. The truck driver was not hurt.

Coroner W. A Plott said an inquest will be held later.

The fourth person in the auto, George Derrick of Columbia, received a possible skull fracture, laceration about the head, a fracture of the left should blade, a fracture of the left leg and a fracture of the jaw.

Mrs. St. John is survived by her husband, Edward St. John of Alexandria, Ky.; her father R. C. Bradley of Trilby, Fla; her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Barber and Mrs. Clyde C. Fetner, both of Columbia; a brother, Cpl. Melton R. Bradley of Camp Gordon, Ga.; and adopted brother, Mickey Carter of Columbia; a grandfather, A. A. Kirby of Leesville, and a grandmother, Mrs. John W. Bradley of Blaney.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 Thursday afternoon from the Thompson funeral home conducted by Maj. Raymond McNeiland of the Salvation Army. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Derrick was born at Winnsboro on September 24, 1928, a daughter of John D. and Arlidia Teasley Arnold. She was educated at the Lexington high school.

Survivors include her parents; her husband, Murdock Derrick of Lexington; three sisters, Mrs. Lucille Roberts of Chester, Mrs. Inez Johns of Charlotte, N. C., and Mrs. Beatrice Harmon of WInnsboro, and two half-brothers, Jack Teasley of West Columbia and Glenn Teasley of Youngstown, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon from the Lexington Baptist church, with the Rev. J. L. Hiers and the Rev. Raymond Holroyd officiating.

Pallberers will be James Quenton, Alfred Chalmers, Joe Ivey, Roy Rhoten, Frank Ivey and D. L. Burnette. They are asked to meet at the Sale funeral home at 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Honorary pallbearers are J. L. Harmon, George Schwartz, Artis Shepherd, Malachi Harmon, V. B. Kleckley, Otis Derrick, Dr. J. H. Mathias, Lloyd Gardner and Paul Pew.

December 19, 1951  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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