September 23, 2004

Today in Automotive History 1897

Today in Automotive History

1897 Death Calls On The Automobilist

Nine-year-old Stephen Kempton died on this day, becoming the first recorded traffic fatality in Great Britain. Kempton had been trying to steal a ride from a taxi by hanging on to a spring, but lost his grip and was trapped underneath the wheel of the vehicle. The tragedy occurred on Stockmar Road near Hackney, a full two years before America's first traffic fatality.

Posted by Quality Weenie at September 23, 2004 08:33 AM