Brothers Killed by Hit and Run Driver in 1950


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 5/25/1950 and 6/1/1950.

Two Killed by Hit-Run Driver

Two boys, David and Verlin Wilson, ages 14 and 11 were killed instantly by a hit and run driver in a tragic accident on state route five Tuesday night.

The boys, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Newt Wilson, had been visiting a neighbor and were returning to their home, located about five miles above Grantsville.  The accident occurred at approximately 10:45 and within 100 yards of the Wilson home.  It is thought to they were standing on the road on the side next to the river.  The bodies were found in the center of the highway.  They were brought to the Boling Clinic where they were pronounced dead on arrival.  Richard Butler of Cox's Mills, who arrived soon after the accident and the boy's father brought them to the Clinic.

Trooper L. E. Haynes of the state police is conducting an investigation, but so far no arrests have been made.  Funeral services are incomplete.  Mr. Wilson is an employee of the Hope Natural Gas Company, working at Cabot Station.

Arrests Made in Hit-Run Deaths

Three Gilmer County youths were arrested Saturday in connection with the hit and run deaths of David and Verlin Wilson on state route 5 near Henrietta last Tuesday.

Trooper L. E. Haynes of the Grantsville state police detachment conducted an investigation and arrested Richard Butcher, 19, of Cox's Mills; Duane Stoneking, 20, and William Moore, 19, both of Glenville.  They were held in the Calhoun County jail until Monday, and after a hearing before Justice of the Peace Tell McDonald, were placed on bond until action of the grand jury.

Trooper Haynes said Butcher was a driver of a 1935 Ford sedan involved in the mishap and was arrested on a manslaughter charge.  The other two, he said, were passengers in the car and were held as accessories.

Funeral services for the two brothers were conducted Sunday from the Bethel church with the Rev. J. M. Snider of Freed officiating.  Interment was in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Surviving are their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar N. Wilson; one brother, Allen N. Wilson and two sisters, Mrs. Aline Still of Petroleum and Mrs. Irene Stallman of Macfarland.