Born: October 16, 1889
Died: March 17, 1949
Plattsburgh Sentinel, January 20, 1931
3 INJURED IN BOBSLED ACCIDENT
First Accident On Olympic Bobsled Slide On Mt.
SARANAC LAKE, N. Y. Jan. 18 (AP)—Three persons were injured in the first serious accident on the Olympic bobsled slide on Mt. Van Hoevenberg near here today.
Miss Ethel Hoepfner, 26, of Saranac Lake suffered a possible fractured skull. Samuel White and Harry Fritz received severe shoulder injuries. A Mrs. Deforest was not injured.
The party of five had started down the slide at the half mile mark. At a sharp turn midway to the bottom, the sled left the track and overturned. The cause of the accident was not determined. Approximately 1,000 people have used the slide since it was opened a short time ago. It was estimated 200 had been using the icy coasting track today before the accident occurred. The cause of the accident was believed by officials to have been a shifting in weight on the sled or a sudden application of the brakes. The driver, Paul Stevens, local sportsman, was not hurt.