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MRS. PINFOLD'S DEATH

AN ACCIDENTAL OCCURRENCHI

An inquest concerning the death |>f Mrs. Elizabeth Pinfold, aged 66, wiife of the Bey. Dr. Pinfold, who died on Thursday morning from injuries recefived when she was knocked down by a motor-cycle on the main road, Kaifjri, last Tuesday evening, was held before Mr. E. Page, S.M., Coroner, to-day, li.ubInspector Harvey conducted the .' inquiry. The evidence showed that on ' the night of the accident, Mrs. Pinfolil, together with a friend, Miss Margaret E.llen Maddren, was walking alonjg the tram lines in the middle of the: road. Cyril Vincent Shivnan, an engineer* 's apprentice, aged 18| years, was approaching them from behind on his .-motorcycle. He had riding behind hiifci Timothy Wildermoth, aged 15. SJiivnan, who was also in the middle of the road, travelling at about 15 miiles an hour, saw the two women and, when about 50 yards form them, sou)} ded his horn, a fact which was admitted by Miss Maddren. He again sounfled the horn when he had gone another .ten yards, and as the women shewed no signs of moving he swerved ti> the left of the road. It was foggy at 'the time, and when he thought he had jjust passed them a dark form seemrd to flit in. front of his machine. Hi} at once turned straight for the gutter, but his right hand handle bar struck. Mrs. Pinfold, knocking her down. QJhe wheel marks of the cycle, Constable.' Cattenach stated, showed that Shivnan .'was easily forty yards away from the wumen when ho turned to the left of the aoad. There is, ho added, a footpath on either side of the road. The Coroner f" It seems ito me clear that the unfortunate dea4h of Mrs. Pinfold was dv»; to misadventure. She and Miss Maddren were, apparently walking along the middle <of the road, although there are two rfootpaths—a rather unsafe practice for elderly people to adopt. Tho youth moved off to the loft, and possibly tl.ie ladies got confused, one of them nmving to the right and the other to the .'left, with the result that Mrs. Pinfold "was knocked down. . . . There is no evidence of a lack of proper driving of the motorcycle." A verdict of accidental death was returned.

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MRS. PINFOLD'S DEATH, Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 2, 2 July 1927

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MRS. PINFOLD'S DEATH Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 2, 2 July 1927

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