Monday, April 28, 2008

The First Pedestrian Death By Automobile

Okay, so not really on this date, but the story is interesting none the less.

On August 17th, 1896, Bridget Driscoll became the very first pedestrian casualty of the automobile.

Ms. Driscoll step off a kerb straight into path of a demonstration car driven by Arthur Edsel. Edsel was accused of reckless driving - traveling at the blistering speed of 4 mph. Witnesses claimed Edsel was driving the car 'like a firetruck,' while Edsel claimed he was only ringing his bell as a warning to Ms. Driscoll.

Below is a modern rendition of what that dreadful accident must have been like on that day in August, 1896:

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