obit: Leon Leslie Vasut
Two young Weimar men were killed and another severely injured when the car in which they were riding went out of control and slammed sideways against a tree on Farm Road 217 just east of Borden early Friday.
Dead at the scene was Sp-4 Roy Paul Mahon, 22, a Vietnam veteran who was stationed at Ft. Hood, and Leon Leslie Vasut, 21, recently discharged from the Army.
Vasut’s parents are Mrs. Jerry Cernoch and Leslie Vasut of Weimar.
The marks indicate the East-bound car began to go out of control about 60 yards west of the culvert and tree where it crashed. It had just topped a small rise, after which there is a slight curve to the left.
The tree, a pecan 18 inches in diameter, grows in the drain ditch about 8 feet to the right of the culvert’s concrete edge. It was completely unyielding as the car slammed into it broadside with such force that the vehicle was ripped in two, just forward of the dashboard, the forward one-third continuing another 10 yards and going through a barbed wire fence.
The rear portion, with the bodies of the two victims pinned inside, slid into the shallow ditch between the tree and the railing. It took two wreckers tugging in opposite directions to loosen the compressed wreckage enough to get the bodies out.
Vasut’s funeral also was held Sunday afternoon, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Kunschik Cernoch; his step-father, Jerry Cernoch; his father, Leslie Vasut; one brother, Charles Henry Vasut; and his grandmother, Mrs. Karolina Vasut. All are from this area.
Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 26, 1970
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis