Toronto, d. 24.December.1940, killed
on the job by hit and run driver.
Smashed Glass Gives Clue in Highway Hit-Run Death
Lake Shore Garages on Alert after Messenger Boy, 15, Dies
Toronto Star, December 26, 1940
James Donaldson, 15-year-old-messenger boy of Curzon Avenue, Lakview
was killed in a collision with a car a few yards from his home on
Christmas Eve. Police began a hunt for the motorist.
The unconscious boy was found lying beside the road by a passing
motorist whose attention was attracted by the scattered parcels on
the roadway which had been knocked from the bicycle.
The motorist summoned Dr. George Watson of Lakeview, who had the boy
rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital. He was dead on admission.
According to friends, the lad was taking the place of a brother as
delivery boy to enable him to attend a Christmas entertainment.
Provincial Traffic Officer Lorne West reported finding a quantity of
glass and chrome-plated metal believed to be from the grill or
headlights of the wanted car. All garage owners along the highway
were asked to be on the lookout for a car with these parts missing.
Donaldson had just completed a delivery across the street from his
home and was proceeding west on the Lake Shore highway when the
Donaldson was the youngest son of Mrs. Florence Donaldson and the
late James Donaldson, a war veteran who died in Christie Street
hospital a few years ago. Surviving are his mother, a sister Anne,
two bothers, William 21, who is a member R.C.A.P. in New Brunswick,
and Jack 18.
Manslaughter Case at Brampton Court
Toronto Star, March 8, 1941
Clayton Vaughan will appear on a charge of manslaughter resulting
from the death of James Donaldson, a 15-year-old messenger
boy. He was killed in a collision with an automobile on Christmas
Eve at Lakeview while delivering messages.