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Racing Fatality.

INQCKST. An inquest OK th- young jockey WaMvr Pine, killed al the recent' Waim'ate race, meeting, was 'held yesterday before Sir W. J. Steward, act ing-Coroner. and a jury of six. The 'interest*- of the Jockey Club were watched by Mr A. C. Perry. William Pine', of Uiccarton. brother <■!' deceased, said his hint her was mounted . n Nancy Stair in ihe Harvest Handicap, and was iii front, clear of the Held, when the marc swerved, evidently shieing at something on the track, and struck the threefurlong post, which was broken by the for.e of tic- impact. If the course had been, railed the accident would not have occurred. John Arthur Real.-, jockey, said he was riding behind Pine, and noticed his mount swerving about. Deceased attempted to keep her outside the post, hut she swerved ill ;<n<] struck it with her .-Jioulder. deceased, who was lying over her neck, striking his head. It was purely an accident, and Pine was not looking round. Dr P.arclay said that together with Dr Thomas, of Timaru, he saw deceased alter the accident and found him iinc.-.iujscioiis and pulseless. They conveyed him in Mr Ml worthy's car to a private hospital and there, oil examination, found that he had incurred a long scalp wound on the back of the head, a fracture running round the skull, and two wounds over t.he right- of the- middle line of the head leading down to ihe fracture of fhe skuli. A large piece ol hone was driven into the brain tissue, and this was removed, lie was taking convulsions from the pressure caused by the bone, had iost a great dial of blood, and expired about 5 o'clock, the accident happened about 5.30. Deceased died of.shod; and hemorrhage from a compound comminuted fracture of the skull, which might have been caused by striking a post on the course. There were other injuries. He was lying quite off the course, so that the other horses in tlie race would pot have touched him. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, no' blame being attachable to anyone.

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Racing Fatality., Oamaru Mail, Volume XXXV, Issue 9795, 21 March 1908

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Racing Fatality. Oamaru Mail, Volume XXXV, Issue 9795, 21 March 1908

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