7 Sep 1926 – Officer leading Valentino Cortege Injured in Crash

Ill fate rode hard at the head of the Valentino funeral party yesterday. Motorcycle Officer Voy Apt was knocked unconscious when he and an automobile collided. At the White Memorial Hospital he was said to be suffering from a concussion, lacerated forehead and eyebrow, broken and dislocated right wrist, bruises on the right knee and other injuries all which make his condition serious. Apt was one of two motorcycle police officers leading the party that took the body of Rudolph Valentino off the train and to the mortuary. According to a police report, SE Funk 28 North Margarita Avenue was driving ahead of the procession near 810 Mission Road and suddenly swerved his car to turn around when Apt crashed into him. Funk was slated to appear in Police court to answer a charge of turning in the middle of a block and Apt was hurried off unconscious to Receiving Hospital where he was given first aid and then transferred to White Hospital. Apt is 29 years of age. He lives at 2731 North Normandie Avenue. Hospital attaches said he will probably recover. It does not appear they said that his skull was fractured.

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