Miss Olive Goodberlet, 22-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Goodberlet of Honeoye Falls, and Harvey Wemett, 26-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wemett of Rochester; met instant death early Sunday morning as their car struck one of the two large wooden road signs at Bosley’s Corners, between Hemlock and Livonia, and went out of control.
The time of the accident, the most gruesome in local automobile history, is placed at shortly after 2 a.m. A passing motorist from Rome N.Y., saw the lights of the car in the triangle and stopped. Immediately afterward, James Bartlett of Lima came along, and while the Rome man stayed at the scene of the accident Bartlett notified Deputy Sheriff Fogarty of Hemlock. A few minutes later Herman Hetzler and his daughter, Florence, who were returning from Hemlock lake to their cottage at Conesus lake, stopped on seeing evidence of trouble. Sheriff Beam was called by Deputy Fogarty, who went to investigate, and Coroner Tracy Swan of Livonia was summoned, stating on arrival that death must have been practically instantaneous in both cases, due to multiple fractures of the skull and internal injuries. State troopers were also present.
According to reports, the couple had been spending the evening at the Honeoye lake cottage of Wemett’s sister, Mrs. Arlene Bolger, of Rochester, and were on their way home. The car struck what appears to have been a glancing blow on the west end of the west road sign at the point of the triangle where 20-A and 15-A come together. The sign, broken from its support, was thrown to one side and the car crashed into the triangle, apparently striking in such a way that it was thrown onto its nose, causing it to turn end over end. The bodies, thrown clear of the wreckage, were some thirty feet apart, while glass was as far as 250 feet from where the sign was struck.
Miss Goodberlet was an employee of the Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing company in Rochester. Wemett was a foreman at the city disposal plant.
Funeral services for Miss Goodberlet were held at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon at a funeral home in Honeoye Falls. Burial was in Honeoye Falls cemetery, with the Rev. J. A. Foss of Honeoye Falls officiating. Services for Wemett were held at the family home, 50 Comfort street, Rochester, at 2:30 yesterday afternoon, with burial in Union cemetery, Livonia.
Besides her parents, Miss Goodberlet is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hazen Murray and Miss Ethel Mae Goodberlet; two brothers, Carl and Robert; and her grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Mangus, of West Rush.
Wemett’s survivors, in addition to his parents, include two sisters, Mrs. Leo Lane and Mrs. Arnold Bolger, of Rochester; a brother, Private Garnard Wemett, of Ft. Knox; two nieces and a nephew.