New York, NY Trolley Car Accident, Apr 1910

CAR CUTS OFF A BOY’S LEG.

Then Leaves Him – He Drags Himself 150 Feet – Dies in a Hospital.

As William Sweitzer, a collector for a brewery at Castleton Corners, S. I., alighted from a car at the Manor Road and Richmond Turnpike yesterday afternoon, he saw lying on the left side of the road about fifty feet away, what seemed to be the body of a sleeping boy. He picked the little fellow up to carry him out of the way of passing vehicles, and only then noticed that the boy was not sleeping but unconscious, and that his right leg had been cut off just at the knee.

Sweitzer telephoned to the police for an ambulance. When Dr. Conway of St. Vincent’s Hospital came they traced a trail of blood for about 150 feet along the road, and there, near the eastbound tack, found the severed leg. The boy died at the hospital a few hours later. It was found that he was four-year-old VICTOR MASELLA, son of Frank Masella, a shoe dealer, whose home on the Richmond Turnpike is only a few hundred yards from where the boy was playing when the accident happened.

On the theory that he had been struck by a passing car, the police later arrested and charged with assault Lester M. Taft, the motorman, and Lewis Krauss, the conductor, on the last St. George trolley car to pass the spot where the boy was found. They said they knew nothing of any such accident and that neither of them had seen the boy playing there.

The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Apr 1910