When we left our story last time, we had just learned that Mr. Lyons had been partying all day with at least three friends when he decided to go for a joyride, shattering the lives of three families.
Girls Held in Connection With Death of Child Here; Two Ridgefield Cops on Stand For Hiding Evidence After Crash.
(Special to the Bergen Evening Record)
New York, Sept. 13 — Two 22-year-old New York night club entertainers, Anita Corbin and Dorothy McCoy, living at the Hotel Embassy, Seventieth Street and Broadway, were arrested last night on a prosecutor’s warrant from Bergen County, charging manslaughter in connection with the hit-and-run automobile killing of Dorothy Balmaine at Ridgefield Aug. 25 last.
DENY BEING THERE
The young women denied being in the car when the accident took place, but according to police, they fled on foot after the mishap, hitch-hiking back to New York.
They were booked at West Sixty-eighth Street Station last night and held in the women’s Detention Prison. Detective John E. Guidetti, of Bergen County Prosecutor’s staff, was to take them to Hackensack this morning for questioning.
At Ridgefield, meanwhile, an echo of the hit-and-run tragedy that resulted in death to the Balmaine girl and severe injury to two others was heard last night when Sergeant Charles Erickson and Patrolman William Heilmann were placed on trial on charges of violating departmental rules and regulations.
The hearing was held behind closed doors in the borough clerk’s office, municipal building, with reporters and spectators barred. Erickson, it was charged, failed to make proper entries on the blotter, while Heilmann neglected to place information he had received at the scene of the killing in his memorandum book.
The trial was held before Mayor Emil Berger and the three members of the police commission, Alan B. Conor, Henry Formon and C. Kile, with Supervisor of Police George Darrow present as complainant. Decision on both officers was reserved, and when it will be handed down could not be determined.
The alleged breaches of departmental regulations were committed on the night of Aug. 25 when a hit-and-run driver killed the Balmaine youngster and injured her two companions.
The action was instigated by Michael Kelly, 1116 Edgewater Avenue, father of Evelyn Kelly, one of those injured by the hit-and-run driver. He is understood to have been looking for certain information which did not appear on the blotter of the Ridgefield police department. He informed Supervisor Darrow of this fact and immediately an investigation was started. Darrow discovered that Sergeant Erickson had failed to enter one case on the blotter and had also made improper entries.
A search of Heilmann’s book also failed to reveal information which he had received on the night of the killing. Darrow summoned the men before him and after hearing their stories preferred charges which he filed with the police commission.
The specific charges involving Erickson alleged that he failed to enter in the blotter the fact that Warren L. Bahl, 644 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, had been arrested Aug. 25 on a charge of disorderly conduct, tried by Recorder Clarence A. Davis and fined $10 and $2.50 cost of court.
In the other complaint against the sergeant, it was charged that he had received information from Patrolman Heilmann, relative to the hit and run case. This information he also, it was charged, failed to place in the blotter. At the hearing, it is reported Erickson told his judges that the memorandum possibly became misplaced and for this reason no record was made on the blotter.
On the night of the killing an autoist approached Heilman and informed him that inasmuch as he was in the vicinity he wanted his license number recorded.
He told the policeman that he did not want a bystander to jot down his number and then later be called on by the police to explain his presence in the neighborhood. The patrolman took the information, but failed to make a permanent record of it in his memorandum book. He maintained that he turned the information over to the desk sergeant.
Patrolman Charles Seguine, who arrested Harvey Lyons and Robert Berry, both of Edgwater, immediately after the killing, was also called as a witness. He was in the hearing room only five minutes and was unable to give any information vital to the charges.
He told the commissioners that he was at the police station for only a short time the night of the killing, being occupied with rushing to Holy Name and Englewood hospitals, determining how badly the victims of the hit-and-run driver were injured.
Erickson spent about forty-five minutes in the hearing room, while Heilmann after testifying for fifteen minutes was recalled for further examination, which lasted for five minutes.
Although Kelly, the instigator of the investigation, could not be reached last night at his home for a statement, it is understood he commended the department for the efficient manner in which it handled the hit and run case in which his daughter was injured.