February 10, 1946 - December 9, 1967
Killed by Train
Train-Car Crash Kills
Miss Mary M. Vela, 21, of 429 Terry Street, was killed instantly Saturday morning when her car collided with a Colorado and Southern Railroad train on North 47th Street at Iris Avenue, north of Boulder, State Patrolman Walter Scott said today.
According to Scott, Miss Vela was driving south on North 47th Street at 9:10 a.m. when she saw the train, applied the brakes to her car, skidded broadside onto the tracks and the train struck her car head on.
Scott said Miss Vela's car was then knocked into a ditch. According to the report, Miss Vela died of a broken neck and a crushed chest. Deputy County Coroner George Howe said she died instantly.
Her 1967 model car was a total wreck, said Scott, and there was an estimated $200 damage to the train operated by William L. VanWinkle, 32, of Arvada.
Scott said seat belts were in the car but they weren't in use at the time of the accident.
Services for Miss Vela will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church with a Bible Vigil and Rosary at 10 a.m. Wednesday there will be a Requiem High Maas with the Benedictine Fathers of St. John the Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery, with funeral arrangements being made by Howe Mortuary.
Miss Vela was born February 10, 1946. She was a 1965 graduate of Longmont High School, where she was a member of the Pep Club and the Trojanettes.
She was employed as an administrative clerk at Dow Chemical Co. for more than one year before her death. Previous to working there, she was an assistant to Dr. Kenneth Miller of Longmont.