World's First Car Death


World's First Car Death

The location of the World's first ever death by car.

Location: Crystal Palace Grounds

Description: Bridget Driscoll received instant notoriety when she stepped off the kerb and into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, who was travelling from Old Town, Croydon to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car.

Mrs Driscoll, a resident of Croydon, was hit by a demonstration car travelling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury.

At Mrs Driscoll’s inquest, Coroner William Percy Morrison said he hoped that “such a thing would never happen again” and was the first to apply the term “accident” to violence caused by speed. Coroners across the country have followed his example ever since.

Witnesses said that the car, driven by Arthur Edsel, was travelling at a reckless pace, in fact, like a fire engine. Mr Edsel claimed that he had only been doing 4 mph and that he had rung his bell as a warning. The jury took six hours to reach a verdict that Mrs. Driscoll had died of accidental death.

Tours: Scary walk

Tours: The Scariest Tour in London

Themes: DeathDeath Theme  MotoringMotoring Theme
World's First Car Death

The location of the World's first ever death by car.

Ranking This Month: 240/2930

Pages Hit This Month: 30


Other places nearby:


The Markham Square Siege», 6.1km

Stephen Lawrence Memorial», 6.0km

Where Judy Garland Died», 6.3km

Manson and the Talgarth Hotel», 7.5km

Jimi Hendrix Died Here», 8.5km

William Bligh died here», 6.9km

Graham Bond - celebrity jumper», 9.9km

The Islington Gibbett », 9.0km

Eccentric Dentist's Show», 6.9km

13 Dead, Nothing Said», 4.1km

Location Pinpointed: