From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/9/1948, p. 1, c. 7
Man Killed When Struck By Streetcar
Charles E. Krengel Is Accident Victim
Charles E. Krengel, 70, of 1508 Greycourt Ave., was killed about 1 P. M. yesterday at Seventh and Broad Streets when struck by a streetcar operated by Theodore L. Baker, 22, of Glen Allen.
Baker said the man was crossing Broad Street from the north to the south side and that he did not see him until he was immediately in front of the streetcar.
The streetcar operator was booked on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and posted bail for his appearance in Police Court on July 14 for a preliminary hearing.
A woman screamed as Mr. Krengel was knocked under the wheels of the streetcar and hysterical, was taken into a near-by store. The man’s body was dragged about 75 feet.
According to police, Mr. Krengel was alone.
Many Jam Scene
Hundreds of persons were within a short distance of the intersection where the accident occurred and within a short time the crowd had increased until about 2,000 persons jammed the scene. Police diverted westbound traffic on Broad Street to Marshall Street by way of Seventh Street.
Mr. Krengel’s body was taken to the Bennett Funeral Home, where attendants said last night that funeral arrangements had not been completed.
Mr. Krengel was a retired machinist, having been formerly employed by the Southern Railway Company. His brother, John Ernest Krengel, a patternmaker for the Tredegar Iron Works, was slain here in September, 1944, and the case is one of the unsolved murders in the files of the Police Department.
Mr. Krengel’s body was under the wheels of the streetcar for about 20 minutes. Large jacks were used to lift the front end of the trolley car so that the body could be removed.
Mr. Krengel was born in Richmond on Sept. 18, 1877, and was the son of August and Ella Krengel. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma J. Krengel; a daughter, Mrs. Edna J. Clark; a granddaughter, Miss Jean Kathleen Clark, and a sister, Mrs. Glenda Francis.
Mr. Krengel was the second person to be killed in a Richmond traffic accident this week. His death sent the local traffic fatalities for 1948 to 10. Prior to this week, there had not been a traffic death in Richmond for 82 consecutive days.
[remainder of article deals with details of other traffic deaths and was not transcribed – MDG]