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November 06, 2007

Horn broken. Watch for finger

First_pedestrian_killed Sept. 13, 1899: Henry Bliss becomes the First Pedestrian Killed by Car in North America.

Bliss, a Manhattan real estate salesman, had just stepped off a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West when he was struck by a passing taxicab. It knocked him unconscious, crushing his skull and chest. He died the following morning.

The driver of the cab, an electric-powered vehicle, was arrested and charged with manslaughter. The charges were dropped after it was determined that Bliss' death was unintentional.

On the centennial of his death, a plaque was placed at the site by Citystreets, a safety-awareness organization

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Perspective or prospective?

Posted by: Quantumfog at Nov 7, 2007 9:20:59 AM

I am so proud that my industry of Real Estate was so grandly represented in this matter. The world if full of "firsts", but few of this importance.

Posted by: Marlow at Nov 10, 2007 8:21:31 AM