HART, Jack Lee

Date of birth: 20 Feb 1927 Bartholomew County, Indiana
Date of death: 19 Dec 1970 Johnson County, Indiana

Franklin Daily Journal, December 21, 1970

Two Greenwood area men die in separate traffic accidents

Two Greenwood area men were killed in separate traffic crashes in Johnson and Hendricks counties on Saturday, state police said.

Jack Lee Hart, 43, Greenwood route four, was fatally injured when his car collided with another auto and then struck a tree on the Morgantown Road.

James M. Anderson, 47, 191 Crestview, Greenwood, was killed in a two-car head on crash on U.S. 36 near Danville in Hendricks County. A 19-year-old girl was killed and two others injured in the accident.

The Johnson County accident which killed Hart occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday near the Johnson-Marion County line.

State police said Hart’s car sideswiped an auto driven by Janet C. Bridwell, 34, Greenwood route four, at a hill crest on Morgantown Road.

Hart’s car continued 135 feet and hit a tree; the Bridwell woman’s car hit a small tree. Hart died of severe skull and chest injuries.

The Bridwell woman and her 15-year-old daughter, Belinda, were only slightly hurt.

Hart’s death was the 19th traffic fatality recorded in Johnson County this year.

The fatal Hendricks County crash Saturday occurred about 8 p.m. on U.S. 36 at Danville, state police said.

Anderson, of Greenwood, was a passenger in a car driven by William B. Lowe, 23, Indianapolis. Lowe’s car collided head-on with a car driven by Louis Rendaci, 47, of Clinton, Ind., state police said.

Nineteen-year-old Luann Rendaci was fatally injured in the crash; Rendaci, the driver, and his wife, Rose Marie Rendaci, 41, were hospitalized in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

State police said Lowe’s car was eastbound on U.S. 36 at an apparent high rate of speed when the auto went off the roadway and then veered back onto the highway and collided with the Rendaci family car.

Funeral services set

HART -- Funeral services for traffic victim Hart will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the J.C. Wilson Greenwood Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Plunk of Edgewood Baptist Church in charge. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Masonic rites will be given at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Hart was manager of the Industrial Rubber Equipment Company, Indianapolis, and had been a resident of the Greenwood area for the past 13 years.

Born February 20, 1927 in Bartholomew County, he was the son of Robert and Katherine Anderson Hart.

Survivors include the parents, who reside in Franklin; the widow Geneva, a son Ronnie Hart, and a stepdaughter Nancy Hermesch.

Hart was a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge and Southside Exchange Club of Indianapolis.

Submitted by Mark Wirey