“Dies After Mishap”
Mishap seems like a rather casual word to describe the accident that took Ezra Roberts’ life, but the headline of The Flint Journal described it that way.
EZRA ROBERTS, 68, DIES AFTER MISHAP
One man was injured fatally and five other person were hurt, two seriously, in traffic accidents here Sunday [August 17, 1930].
Ezra Roberts, 68 years old, 2014 Ferris St, who suffered a fractured skull, body bruises, and shock when he was knocked down at Saginaw and Fifteenth Sts. by a automobile driven by Oscar Balser, 612, East St., died early this afternoon [August 20, 1930] in Hurley Hospital.
Mrs. J.C. Dowding, 118 W. Newell St. told Traffic Investigators Herbert W. Straley and William N. Monroe that she was driving south on Saginaw St. and saw Roberts step off the curb and start crossing the road without looking in her direction. She slowed down to let him pass, Balser’s car passing her and hitting him, she said.
Balser declared he was driving about 10 mile an hour and than when he saw Mrs. Dowding slow down, he thought she intended to park and started to go by her. He noticed Roberts, but saw him pause, so he continued to go ahead, the pedestrian walking into the path of his car he said.
Grandpa Ezra is buried in the Imlay Cemetery, Imlay City, Lapeer County, Michigan.