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First Automobile Fatality 1896 On August 17, 1896, Mrs. Bridget Driscoll, age 44, became the first recorded autombile fatality. She stepped off a curb in the Crystal Palace section of London, England and was struck by a demonstration car travelling 4 miles per hour driven by Arthur Edsel. (Really! That was his true name!) She was knocked to the ground and suffered a severe head injury which killed her. At the inquest following Mrs. Driscoll's untimely death, the cause was ruled to be an accident and Edsel was absolved of all blame. Coroner William Percy Morrison stated that he hoped such a tragic mishap would never happen again.
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Posted by: Cathy on 2008-07-14 
Most riding lawn mowers go over 4 mph. I've seen plenty of clips on Funniest Home Videos with motorized things, she must have been a light weight!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-07-14 
The 'speed' the car was travellinbg at (and I am using the term loosely) has me baffled too. Perhaps she didn't see the car coming and was knocked to the ground and struck her head. A car travelling at 4 mph would be hard pressed to give you a bruised shin.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-06-10 
Whishful thinking by that judge.

In 1998 alone, nearly 1.2 million people around the world were killed in various traffic accidents.

That's quite a staggering figure.
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