FATALITY IN WELLESLEY STREET.
STRUCK BY A TRAM. A rather extraordinary tramway accident which, unhappily,' resulted fatally, occurred last evening in Wellesley-street East, close to the Public LibrsCry. A car from Onehunga to Auckland was descending the hill, shortly before' 8.30 p.m., •when the motorman, Everitt, suddenly observed an elderly man walk straight on to the rails. ■ .To.r Everitt it .seemed- that the man had darted right out from behind one of the poles. The brakes (including the emergency) /were immediately ■ applied, bat the intervening distance was insufficient for the motorman to pull his car up in time to avert an accident. The pedestrian was struck on the left hip by. the buffer of the car, and although thrown clear, it was plain to the bystanders who I gathered round, that serious injuries had been sustained. An ambulance was procured, but the unfortunate man expired shortly before reaching the hospital. Dr. Eade, who examined the man at the institution, stated that there .was an. odour of alcohol noticeable, and it was probable I that the man had ibeen - drinking. His age was about 70 years. As the result of | a search, Constable McGrath found on the deceased an OldAge Pension notice, dated February 4, 1909, addressed to Murdoch McLeod, 11, I Vernon-street, Freeman's Bay, arid a hospital bill in the same name. Motorman. Everitt states that the ear, at the time .of the. accident, was- proceeding at about eight miles an hour; this being" corroborated toy two bystanders named Sterling and NankivelL Mr. Sterling also states that the deceased was standing at .the first.post below the Library and, ac the car approached, staggered out almost in front of it. The Coroner, Mr. G-resham, opened the inquest on the deceased at the hospital this morning. William Bannerman, manager of the Costley Home, identified the body as that of Murdoch McLeod, aged 72, a single man, who was an inmate of the Home. He had been in the Home two months, and on Tuesday morning obtained leave to go out for the day. He should have returned the same evening, but did not do 60. The deceased was an old-age pensioner. He was a man of /temperate habits, as far as the witness could say. McLeod had received 6s 6d refund out of his pension last Saturday. The month before he had had 30s, so might have had a little money in liand. Witness added that McLeod was a native of Scotland, but had been 25 years or more in the Dominion. 1 Dγ: Jas. John Eade, house physician at the hospital, stated that the. body was brought in at 9.15 last night. Death had apparently taken place about ten minutes previously. There were no exterior marks of violence on the body. A post-mortem examination, however, revealed the fact that,one of : the lungs ■was badly ruptured. The inquest wee adjourned till next Thursday, when it will be resumed at the Criterion Hotel.
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