UK’s first fatal car accident

UK’s first fatal car accident

Bridget Driscoll stepped into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, while travelling from Old Town, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car. Mrs Driscoll, was hit by an automobile belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company that was being used to give demonstration rides, travelling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury. One witness described the car as travelling at “a reckless pace, in fact, like a fire engine”. The driver, working…

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