Damages for David Rorick’s Death
Was Injured On the San Jacinto Run and Died Suddenly
Many railroad people will remember David Rorick, who was long connected with the Santa Fe, and prior to this death was conductor on the San Jacinto flyer. He died in this city March 26, 1900, as the supposed result of a bump on the head while getting out of the mail door in the baggage car.
He was a member of the Railroad Officials and Employees Accident association and took out a policy on December 26, 1898, for $5000. The company has failed to pay up the policy, which was made in favor of Rorick’s wife, and Saturday she filed suit in the superior court of Riverside county.
The complaint in the case is a long one and among other things alleges that decedent paid all demands made upon him by the corporation, yet since his death the widow has been able to collect the policy.
The plaintiff alleges that after the death of her husband she made all the required proof of his death, and within the time stipulated in the papers. Yet the paper refused to disgorge, and new suit is brought and plaintiff asks for a judgement for the $5000 with interest at 7 percent, and for such other relief as the court may deem proper.
Rorick died quite suddenly and an autopsy revealed the fact that there was a small clot on the brain that may have been caused by the blow. Rorick was apparently a strong man, but those intimately acquainted with him say that he could not stand much heavy work.
The case will prove an interesting one to railroad people, and to many friends of the widow, Mrs. Issola Rorick, who resides in this city.
Source: San Bernardino Evening Transcript, November 26, 1900.