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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. Top: Plaque commemorating the accident.Above: 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 ...
September 13, 1899 – The first person killed by an automobile in the US
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September 13, 1899 – The first person killed by an automobile in the US

On this day in 1899 Henry Bliss was exiting a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in New York City when 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 by the next morning, making him the first person to be killed by an automobile in the United States. Smith, who was ferrying Dr. David Edson, the son of former NYC Mayor Franklin Edson, was charged with manslaughter, but was later acquitted. Henry Bliss in 1873 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 au...

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