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Former Mayor of Louisville Dies After Being Struck by Car

April 5, 1985 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Former Louisville Mayor William Stansbury died of heart failure after he and two members of his family were struck by a car while they were walking across a street on their way to church, officials said. He was 62.

Stansbury died Thursday night of cardiac arrest at Humana Hospital University where he was taken for treatment of internal injuries and fractures, a hospital spokeswoman said.

His mother, Aileen Stansbury, 84, also injured in the accident, died of cardiac arrest at the hospital, said Vivian Sallie.

Stansbury’s wife, Mary Ellen Stansbury, 46, who also was injured, was in satisfactory condition at the hospital.

Police said the three were struck when they crossed a street on their way to church and walked into the path of car about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, said Louisville police officer Hilda Lindeman.

No charges were filed in the accident, she said.

Stansbury was elected mayor in 1977 for a four-year term. His tenure was marked by a several controversies involving campaign and city finances.

In 1978, Stansbury admitted he was in New Orleans during a strike by Louisville firefighters after earlier claiming he was in Atlanta on business.

He later apologized publicly for lying about his whereabouts.

The Board of Alderman attempted to investigate Stansbury, but were denied records in court rulings.

He also appeared in 1978 before a federal grand jury investigating alleged political fund raising violations. He was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Despite several requests for his resignation, Stansbury did not step down.

Until his death, he practiced law in Louisville.

He was born in Corydon, Ind., in 1923.

He graduated from Louisville’s St. Xavier High School and the University of Louisville.