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Mary Ward, the first person to be killed in a car accident – 31 August 1869

On 31 August 1869, Mary Ward (nee King) became the first person to die in a car accident in the UK and Ireland. It really was a terrible accident, with poor Mary falling under the wheel of the steam-powered vehicle, while it was negotiating a bend on the road near Parsonstown in County Offaly, Ireland.   Read newspaper reports about the accident   If you’re a genealogist and/or fan of the BBC TV programme Dr Who, you might be interested to know

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