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Nicholls Gordon Oscar



Coroner Gives Open Finding. 

The Acting Coroner (Mr. W. Schofield, JP.) In the Perth Courthouse yesterday after hearing evidence at an inquest concerning the death of an airman, Gordon Oscar Nichols found that he died at Perth on February 25 from multiple injuries received when a motor car in which he was a passenger collided with a tree in Melville parade, Como, the same day. The driver of the car was William Thomas Greaves, of Douglas Avenue, South Perth, who declined to give evidence. Several boys who were in Melville parade at the time of the accident gave evidence that they saw a green car travelling south in Melville parade about 8.45 pm. About half an hour later they saw the car returning at a high speed (one boy estimated it as 60 miles per hour). There was a screech of tyres as the car neared Preston street and then a loud crash. The car had collided with an ornamental tree on the east side of the parade and the two occupants were badly injured. Constable R. C. Salter said that he followed the course of the car by plainly indicated tyre marks near Preston-street to where 30 yards further on the car had left the bitumen for several yards: Apparently it regained the bitumen but swerved across to the east side of the road, left the bitumen again and struck a tree with such force that it uprooted it. The car was almost completely wrecked. Evidence was given that Nicholls was dead on arrival at the Perth Hospital where he had been taken by a St. John ambulance. Sgt. R. Larsen assisted the Acting Coroner, Mr. L. H. Killeen appeared for the widow of the deceased and Mr. S. H. Johnson, of Hardwick, Slattery and Gibson, appeared for the driver.












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