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1929 - Wombwell Child Victim

Sheffield Independent November 19, 1929

Wombwell Child Victim

Inquest Verdict

A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned, the driver being exonerated from blame, at the inquest in Barnsley, yesterday, on Constance Ethel Stables (6) daughter of Mr and Mrs Ellis Stables, of 6 Hawson St, Wombwell, who died in Barnsley Beckett hospital, on Saturday, after being run over last Monday.

The child, it was stated, on the way to school about 1:10 p.m. was walking along Park Street, Wombwell, when she was knocked down and run over by a four ton lorry owned by the Dearne and District Light Railway company and driven by Patrick Keating, of Brampton.

Thomas Bowcock, fitter, 101, Barnsley Road, Wombwell, said the lorry was travelling at about 12 mph.

The coroner: That means, that although the lorry was only going at that speed, if the child stepped from the payment anything could happen? – Yes.

Patrick Keating, driver, said the child run in front of the lorry from the nearside. He was about 4 feet from when she darted in front.