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New York, NY Boy Killed by Trolley Car, Jun 1899



Arthur Christiansen, the three-year old boy of Mrs. Bertha Christiansen, a widow, of N. 1,111 Halsey-st., was killed by a trolley car of the Putnam-ave. and Halsey-st. line of the Brooklyn Heights Railroad yesterday afternoon. The accident occurred almost directly in front of the child’s home, and his mother, who has no other children, became so hysterical when she heard of Arthur’s death that she needed the constant attendance of a doctor for several hours.

To make matters more heart rending, if possible, one of the wheels of the heavy car stopped directly over the body, and it was two hours before a wrecking crew could lift the trucks from the mangled body. All this time the crowd which had gathered was in plain sight of the mother, who with difficulty could be restrained from rushing into the street. It was not until nearly half an hour after the accident that Mrs. Christiansen was told positively that her child had been the victim of the trolley car.

William Koff, the motorman of the car, who was arrested, told the police that he did not see the child until he ran directly in front of the fender. Koff was much overcome by the accident, and wept bitterly as he talked of it. He was locked up on a charge of homicide.

New York Herald-Tribune, New York, NY 17 Jun 1899

article | by Dr. Radut