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An inquest was held on Tuesday at the house o£ Mr George Dixon, Pigeon Bay, on the body of Mary Matthews Wilson, before G. W. Thomas Ecq., Coroner, and a jury consisting of Eric William Blair (foreman), John Berry, Joseph Fryer, Andrew Brodie McKay, Isaac Blorcquist and William Brodie McKay.

William Lyall, farmer, sworn, said tbat about ncmn on Monday, 19tb April, he was standing inside bis gate facing tbe Main road when he saw August Wilson, of Pigeon Bay, driv ing a four wheeler with two horses. The deceased was with him in tbe trap. He was bringing six sacks of lime for witness, which were deposited inside the gate. After witness had thanked him Wilson turned tbe horses to go away towards his home, As witness was walking towards his own residence he heard a noise, and turning saw the trap turn over. He immediately went out on to the road, when be saw the horses start off at a fresh pace. He saw August Wilson lying on tbe ground. He ran after tbe vehicle because deceased was being dragged along the road. He asked a lady who was at bis bouse to go to the assistance of deceased. As be was going to his house he met Augusti WilEon, who was going towards his wife. He asked after deceased, and said, "I am killed " He had known August Wilson for forty years, and deceased since ebe was a child. August Wilson was a very temperate

roan. There was no sign of liquor on him when the accident occurredHe had been accustomed lo borses all bis life, a_d bad often driven the horses which be was diivmg at tbe time of tbe accident. He was of opinion that tbere was not sufficient room to turn tbe vehicle at tbe joint of tbe road where Wihon tried tf turn. . I

To tbe jury : Tbe cemetery roar leading to'Wilson'* bou?e was on tbf bay side of witness' residence. Or many occasions goods had been de livered at bis gate, and the vebiob turned round at practically the sam< place where tbe accident happened. He believed tbere was a brake at tacbed .0 the trap, and it was pofsibb tbe break was applied to tbe wheels.

Elizabeth Deighfcon, of Chriecburcb. widow, sworn, said about noon on April 19th Mr Lyall called her to at tend to deceased, a? be thought ebt was dead. She went to tbe Main road and found deceased lying on the side of the road in tbe ditch. Sbe went to deceased and raised ber bead Bbc complained about ber heart. Witness loosened ber clotbiog and rubbed her and did what she could for ber She was bleeding from a wound over tbe eye. Witness went back to Mr LyalPs house for bot water, and went back and bathed her face. She Btayed with her about a quarter of an bour until she was removed from tbe road. She was brought in on a stretcher to Mr Dixon's house, and breathed her last on arriving at the house. Sbe complained about her head as she was being carried along the road, and asked where she' was being taken to, and witness told ber she was being taken to her own borne. Witness had known deceased for several years. Charles Seaward Cantrell, medical practitioner, residing at Akaroa, sworn, said tbat about noon on April 19th he was summoned to Pigeon Bay to attend deceased, who bad met with an accident. Sbe was dead on bis arrival. On examining tbe body, the two main injuries were a lump on the right side of the forehead and tbe left leg broken by the ankle. In bis opi nion the shock from these injuries were sufficient to cause deatb. There were also bruises on various parts of the body. These injuries could be caused by an accident as described by the previous witnesses. The jury gave the following verdict: "Mary j Matthews Wilson met ber death by a trap accident injuries as described in tbe medical evidence, and that no blame was attachable to anyone." Mr August Wilson, who was Buffering from severe bruises and shock was in a dangerous state for two days He is now reported to be on tbe way to recovery.

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FATALITY AT PIGEON BAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3453, 23 April 1915

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FATALITY AT PIGEON BAY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3453, 23 April 1915

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