August 24, 1943
New York, New York
The body of ambulance driver Morris Linker is fished from the East river

Linker had been driving the ambulance accompanied by and a nurse, Margaret Houts, when Linker swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian was struck regardless and suffered bone fractures before the ambulance hit a lamp post, ran along 35 feet of a stone walkway, smashed a tree, hit a second pedestrian, careened over a retaining wall, and crashed into the river. Houts was inflicted with minor injuries and emerged from the water promptly. Linker, however, died during the accident.

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