To the Editor:
Today a terrible automobile accident took place right in front of our building in Hyde Park. A car driving at high speed veered off the inner drive, jumped the curb, narrowly missed a light pole and then crashed directly into a large tree. Part of the front of the car wrapped itself around the tree during the impact, the hood was doubled over and smashed into the windshield, the front wheels were knocked out of position and parts of the battery were thrown some 50 feet. Both occupants of the vehicle died in the accident.
As I looked at the awful wreckage in which the bodies still remained, I couldn’t help thinking about what might have happened if they had hit the street light instead, and it had given way. Might they have survived? Probably not, because there is still no trauma center at the nearby University of Chicago Medical Center, and ambulances would likely have had to take them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on the near North Side, which would have taken much longer at a very critical time for severe injured individuals. Really, we need an adult trauma center in or near Hyde Park to help to save the lives of individuals seriously injured in automobile accidents here.