James Donaldson

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 accident.
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.