Police Officer Elmer W. Bates was struck by an automobile on August 20th, 1948, and thrown 10 feet into the air as he crossed N. Lincoln Memorial Drive opposite the North Point pumping station, in answer to another motorist’s call for assistance. The car then rolled over him. Bates suffered a head injury, leg and jaw fractures and severe cuts. He died three days later on August 23rd, 1948.
Officer Bates was 42-years-old and married.