Mr. J.A. Brodie’s chauffeur in court

Monday, April 18 – 1904
The evidence at the inquest, on Monday, on Martha Plant, aged 70 years, who was knocked down and fatally injured by a motor brougham belonging to Mr. J.A. Brodie, the Liverpool city engineer, showed that the city engineer was being driven to his residence, and the woman, whose hearing was defective, attempted to cross the street in front of the motor car.

In response to the sounding of the horn she stopped for an instant, but afterwards made a rush to get across, with the result that she was knocked down and run over.

Mr. Brodie testified to the care usually exercised by his chauffeur, who at the time of the accident was driving at the rate of about ten miles an hour.

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned, the driver being exonerated from blame.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 19-04-1904)

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