Death of Charles F. Kettering

In 1908, Byron Carter, founder of Cartercar, came across a stalled motorist on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River. He gallantly offered to crank the car for the stranded driver. When she forgot to retard the spark, the crank kicked and broke Carter’s jaw. Complications developed, and Carter later died of pneumonia.

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2 thoughts on “Death of Charles F. Kettering”

  1. Vincent Hugo Bendix was a close friend of Kettering. He was motivated to invent a gear drive that eliminated the kickback that resulted in the death of his friend. The Bendix Gear type drive is still in use to this day.

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