|Raymond in his USMC uniform showing the battle stars earned by the Gilbert Islands for action in the Pacific Theater.|
September 6th, 1956 - a typical fall day in Connecticut - a steady rain was falling, and the top was up on the Corvette. At first, Drake took the wheel, traveling around Westport while Raymond admired the automobile. Finally, when they were on a road over by the highway, Raymond wanted to take the wheel.
|Raymond in his green Bandini race car, 1954 (photo courtesy of Tom Roberts)|
Raymond was killed instantly upon impact. The Corvette’s wraparound windshield had shattered, one large shard of it entering Raymond’s mouth and exiting the rear of his head.
About five years after the accident, Drake drove by the spot where they crashed, and he stopped to take a look. He noted that the tree the Corvette hit had grown taller, and that fragments of the car’s plastic body remained embedded in it.
Read here the vintage Rip Kirby adventure, "Death on Four Wheels" in B&W - it originally continued from May-Sep, 1953.