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Very first automobile fatality...



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September 14, 1899

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 14, 1899 

* Henry H. Bliss
* 1st recorded death by automobile


The front page has a one column head: "Fatally Hurt By Automobile" with subhead: "Vehicle Carrying the Son of ex-Mayor Edson Ran Over H.H. Bliss, Who Was Alighting from a Trolley Car". Such a report might not seem out of the ordinary today, however it was the nation's very first automobile fatality. See the hyperlink for further particulars.
The issue is complete in 14 pages, irregular at the spine with some loss, tears at the margins & some edge chipping. Must be handled carefully.

wikipedia notes: Arthur Smith, the driver of the taxicab, was arrested and charged with manslaughter but was acquitted on the grounds that it was unintentional. The passenger, Dr. David Edson, was the son of former New York City mayor Franklin Edson.Henry Hale Bliss (June 13, 1830 – September 14, 1899) was the first person killed by a motor vehicle accident in the United States, and the first known in the Americas. On September 13, 1899 he was disembarking from a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in New York City, when an electric-powered taxicab (Automobile No. 43) struck him and crushed his head and chest. He died from his injuries the next morning.

Arthur Smith, the driver of the taxicab, was arrested and charged with manslaughter but was acquitted on the grounds that it was unintentional. The passenger, Dr. David Edson, was the son of former New York City mayor Franklin Edson.

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