Speeding cyclist dodges death rap after condition emerges

Serious charge against rider

The Evening Telegraph and Star Thursday June 7 1894

cyclist in death rap

At Margate Police Court yesterday, Frederick Collings was charged with having caused the death of John Dale by colliding against him with his bicycle. Collings had ridden down a steep hill and as he was crossing the parade the Mr Dale stepped unexpectedly in front of the machine and was knocked down, dying 24 hours later. The medical man proved the deceased was suffering from fatty degeneration of the heart and that he might have died if he merely slipped or became excited and probably death resulted entirely from the disease. Collings was discharged and the mayor stated he was entirely free from blame. But his worship cautioned cyclists generally to be careful as to speed.

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