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Widow of Orson Welles Dies After Car Crash

August 13, 1986 GMT

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) _ Paola Mori Welles, the widow of the late actor and director Orson Welles, died Tuesday of head injuries suffered in an automobile accident, authorities said. She was 57.

Mrs. Welles, the Countess di Girafalco who acted in Italian films as Paola Mori, was the third wife of the actor, who died Oct. 10.

She was a passenger in a car driven by a man identified as Bill Kurasz and suffered severe head trauma in the 9:30 a.m. collision, said Jack London, spokesman for Desert Springs Hospital. Mrs. Welles died at 3:55 p.m.

Kurasz, 38, suffered a broken leg and ankle and was in stable condition, London said.

The Metro Police traffic report said the accident occured when Kurasz’s Datsun pulled onto Sunset Street from Tomiyasu Lane into the path of a Chevrolet sedan driven by Vicky S. Savory, 32, and carrying four children.

The Chevy struck the left side of the Datsun, according to the police report.

Ms. Savory and the children, ages 16, 12, 2 and 8 months, were wearing seatbelts or in child car seats and were unhurt, the report said.

Welles, the director and star of 1941′s ″Citizen Kane,″ married Miss Mori on May 8, 1955. They had a daughter, Beatrice. Welles previously had been married to Rita Hayworth, by whom he had a daughter, Rebecca. Welles and his first wife, Virginia Nicholson, had a son, Christopher.

The Welles family maintained a home in Las Vegas.

Welles was 70 when he died last year of a heart attack in Hollywood.