ELECTRIC CAR STRIKES HEARSE YESTERDAY, BREAKS COFFIN AND EXPOSES CORPSE.
A collision that was gruesome in its results, occurred yesterday afternoon at the corner of King street and Aala Lane, between a Liliba street electric car and Williams’ hearse in which was a body being conveyed to burial. The hearse was overturned by the electric car, the coffin broken, and the corpse tumbled out. Statements by different people who witnessed the accident vary some blaming Alfred Bond, the motorman of the electric car, while others insist that August Perry, the driver of the hearse, was to blame.
The funeral was that of Mrs. Frank Joseph of Quarry and Alapai streets. The funeral procession was headed by a hack in which was the priest, then came a double line of marchers and then the hearse, about which marched the pall bearers on either side. The procession was crossing the tracks of the Liliba street electirc line on King street from Aala Lane to reach the Oahu Railway depot to embark for the Pearl City cemetery at the time that the collision occurred.
The first hack cleared the track safely, but when the hearse was driven onto the track it was seen that electric car No. 29 was approaching from an Ewa direction. The pallbearers saw the danger of collision and while some shouted to the driver of the hearse to hurry across, others called to the motorman to stop the car. J.P. Rego Jr., one of the pallbearers says that the driver of the hearse tried to avoid the collision by hurrying the hearse across the track. It was too late, for the car hit the rear wheel of the hearse. The hearse was overturned and broken, the coffin broken exposing the corpse. Antone Medeiros, Jr., a pallbearer was struck by the overturning hearse and hurt.
Patrick Rego another pallbearer got the corpse from the wreckage and had the body conveyed on a board to the depot to await another coffin. A second coffin was soon brought to the depot. A large crowd of excited Portuguese gathered about the depot for a time, it was feared that they might attempt to do bodily harm of the motorman and conductor of the car that had caused the wreck. Bond was arrested by the police and charged with reckless driving. He was released under $500 bonds.” (The Hawaiian Star, 5 Sept. 1904)