15 August 1927 Evening News of the Tonawandas
Man, Struck By High Speed Trolley, Dies of Injuries
Michael Rudyk, 55 Sixth Avenue, Hit on Viaduct at Guideboard Road at 11 O'clock Last Night - Coroner Helwig Will Conduct Investigation
Michael Rudyk, 55 years old, 55 Sixth avenue, died at the DeGraff Memorial hospital at 11 o'clock last night from injuries received a half an hour before when he was struck by a northbound Niagara Falls high speed car as he was walking across the viaduct over the Guideboard road. His skull was fractured, his right leg broken in several places and numerous cuts and bruises sustained.
The Tonawanda police received a call a few minutes after the accident and Patrolmen Charles Andres and John Alarie went to the scene of the accident and removed the man to the hospital in the patrol automobile. Rudyk died on the operating table before the physicians called to attend him had an opportunity to attempt to save his life.
Rudyk, who boarded at 7 Fifith avenue until going to live at the Sixth avenue address, left his boarding house yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock saying that he was going to Niagara Falls to visit friends. That was the last seen of him until he was identified by friends at Wattengel's undertaking rooms on Oliver street this morning.
The police expressed the belief that Rudyk fell asleep while returning from the Falls on a high speed car and was carried beyond the Guideboard road before he awoke and learned that he had passed his station. Walking back along the track, they believe that the man was unaware of his danger until the trolley car was upon him. This belief is based on the reports of the motorman that Rudyk appeared to make no attempt to get out of the path of the car. The car hurled him against the side of the viaduct.
Rudyk has a wife living in Poland. Coroner J. E. Helwig took charge of the case and will conduct an investigation.