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Oradell, NY Auto Wreck, Aug 1907


Car Was Driven by Legislator Who Championed Anti-speed Law.

Special to the Washington Post.

New York Aug 6.----An automobile driven by Randolph Perkins Republican leader of the New Jersey assembly ran down and killed nine-year-old Frederick Thompson at Oradell, N. Y., to-night.

Mr. Perkins, who was champion of the automobile restriction law passed by the last assembly, has been arrested before for fast speeding.

The dead boy, who is a son of John J. Thompson, a prominent resident of Oradell, was playing in front of his home when Perkins, who, with a friend in the tonneau dashed up on his way from his law office in Jersey City to a house party at his Woodcliff mansion The assemblyman says the lad deliberately ran across his path.

Spectators declare the big machine swerved and struck him at the side of the road. Young Thompson was hurled thirty feet on his father's lawn.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 7 Aug 1907

article | by Dr. Radut