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September 13, 1899 – First pedestrian killed by a car in the USA
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September 13, 1899 – First pedestrian killed by a car in the USA

On this day in 1899, as Henry Bliss exited a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in New York City an electric taxicab driven by Arthur Smith struck him. The vehicle crushed Bliss’ head and chest, causing him to die from his injuries the next morning. His passing marked the first time an automobile killed a human in the United States. Smith, who was ferrying Dr. David Edson, the son of former NYC mayor Franklin Edson, faced charges of manslaughter, but his case was later acquitted. On the 100th anniversary of the event a plaque was placed and dedicated at the intersection where the accident occurred. It reads, “Here at West 74th Street and Central Park West, Henry H. Bliss dismounted from a streetcar and was struck and knocked unconscious by an automobile on the e...
July 23, 2006 – The Cougar Ace car carrier lists, 4,703 Mazdas later crushed
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July 23, 2006 – The Cougar Ace car carrier lists, 4,703 Mazdas later crushed

The Cougar Ace On this day in 2006 the MV Cougar Ace, a Singapore-flagged car carrier vessel, was just south of the Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific Ocean while traveling from Japan to Vancouver, British Columbia with a cargo of 4,812 vehicles. During an exchange of ballast water, the ship developed a 60 degree list to port. There are reports of a large wave striking the ship during the ballast transfer, but it is unknown what effect this had on the stability of the ship, if any. Nearly on its side, the 23 crew members had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard and the Alaska Air National Guard the following day. Of the 4,812 vehicles on board, 4,703 of them were Mazdas. The total value of the vehicles was listed at $117 million. Salvage efforts led to the vessel being righted and...
February 25, 1899 – The first recorded death of an automobile driver
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February 25, 1899 – The first recorded death of an automobile driver

Edwin Sewell, 31, was an enthusiastic Daimler salesman in the late 1890s who was big on showing off the new form of transportation. When Major James Richer came to his showroom, Sewell knew a demonstration drive through west London would convince the first time automobile buyer that Daimler was the right choice. Instead, as they took their test drive on this day in 1899, Sewell ended up killing himself, earning the distinction of being the first automobile driver to die in an accident, as recorded in Britain. Above: Plaque commemorating the accident.Top: A c.1899 Daimler, similar to the car driven during the accident. Note, that is not Sewell or Richer While descending Grove Hill, one wheel of the vehicle collapsed, causing Sewell to lose control. Both driver and passenger were thro...
September 27, 1986 – Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton dies in bus crash
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September 27, 1986 – Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton dies in bus crash

On the heels of the release of Master of Puppets, Metallica hit the road on a heavy metal world tour. As the group's rockdom hit a massive growth spurt that would see them immortalized as Gods of metal, the suffered a massive blow. While driving through Sweden the band's tour bus skidded from the road on the morning of this day in 1986, causing it to flip. Burton was thrown from his bunk out of a window, causing the bus to crush him as it tipped over. The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 24 years old at the time of his death. Cliff Burton in 1986. Following the wreck, the bus driver cited black ice as the reason for losing control. However, neither band members nor investigators could find any. Furthermore, the temperature at the time of the accident was multiple degrees abov...
September 14, 1982 – Grace Kelly dies following a car accident
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September 14, 1982 – Grace Kelly dies following a car accident

It was on this day in 1982 that American actress Grace Kelly passed away following a major auto accident the day before. Kelly, who had married Prince Rainier III in April 1956 and became Princess of Monaco, was driving a 1971 Rover P6 3500 when she suffered a stroke. This led her to lose control of her car, in which her 18-year-old daughter Stephanie was a passenger, and the vehicle went over a steep 120 foot embankment. Paramedics arrived to find Kelly alive but unconscious and in critical condition. They brought her to Monaco Hospital where they discovered the not only suffered brain injuries from the stroke, but thorax and femur fractures as well. Doctors were unable to resuscitate her and she was placed on life support. Her daughter was found to have a fracture of her seventh cervical...
September 13, 1899 – The first automobile related death in the US
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September 13, 1899 – The first automobile related death in the US

Henry Bliss became the first person to be killed by an automobile in the United States on this day in 1899 and is believed to be the first person killed by a motor vehicle crash in the Western Hemisphere. It was September 13, 1899 that Bliss was exiting a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West he was struck by an electric taxicab driven by Arthur Smith. The vehicle crushed Bliss’ head and chest, causing him to die from his injuries the next morning. Smith, who was ferrying Dr. David Edson, the son of former NYC mayor Franklin Edson was charged with manslaughter but he was acquitted as he was found to have no malice and was not negligent. Today a plaque stands at the intersection where the accident occurred. It was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the event. It reads, “Her...
July 26, 1998 – Accident at Michigan International Speedway
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July 26, 1998 – Accident at Michigan International Speedway

On lap 175 of 250 at the CART series U.S. 500 on this day in 1998 Adrian Fernandez hit the wall at Michigan International Speedway, causing a tire and suspension parts to break loose and fly into the crowd, resulting in the deaths of three fans. Two fans were killed instantly and another passed away moments after being severely injured. There were six other people who suffered minor injuries. The car driven by Fernandez hit the wall going upwards of 200 mph. The race was placed under caution but was not stopped, much to the dismay of many reporters covering the event. In an effort to prevent further tragedies the fencing was extended to 17 feet high around any grandstand areas. In a strange and also sad note, the race was won by Canadian Greg Moore, who would die in an accident in October ...