New York, NY Run Over by Fire Engine, May 1904

Fire Engine Kills Physician.

Dr. Bernard MACKAY Crushed to Death in Madison Avenue.

Both a fire engine and its tender ran over Dr. Bernard MACKAY, a wealthy retired physician, at Twenty-seventh Street and Madison Avenue last night, killing him almost instantly. Many men and women, who were sitting on stoops or walking near by, saw the accident. Dr. MACKAY'S wife and daughter, both of whom returned from Palm Beach on Wednesday, were at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. They and his two sons soon arrived at his Madison Avenue apartment, where the body had been carried.

The physician had been deaf forty years. He disliked traveling, and refused to leave New York. When his wife and daughter went to Florida he took an apartment at 66 Madison Square just before he met the engine at Twenty-seventh Street, just outside his home. The engine was No. 14 from 14 East Eighteenth Street, and was responding to what proved to be a false alarm of fire from Lexington Avenue and Twenty-seventh Street.

James REILLY, the driver, while the bell clanged and the whistle tooted, shouted at the top of his voice when he saw the doctor crossing the street. Seeing that the old man did not look up, he swerved the horses in the hope that the engine might pass safetly. But Dr. MACKAY was struck by the near horse and knocked down. The wheels passed over him, and then the tender crushed his body. The engine proceeded to the fire, leaving one fireman behind to see what happened.

Mrs. MACKAY and her daughter were to have gone to-day to Dr. MACKAY's country home at Lenox, Mass. Mrs. MACKAY was ill and in bed when the news of the accident reached her, but she hastened to get into a cab with her daughter, and they reached the Madison Avenue apartment in a few minutes. Archibald and Richard, the sons, were already there.

Dr. MACKAY, who was seventy years old, was a son of Col. William MCAKAY, a british Army officer. Though he came to the United States forty years ago, he always remained an English subject. Mrs. MACKAY is a cousin of the Earl of Cassilis, a Scotch nobleman.

The driver of the engine, who was completely unnerved by the accident, was placed under arrest by the order of Capt. COTTRELL of the West Thirtieth Street Station, but Coroner SCHOLER paroled him in the custody of Capt. WALSH, who said REILLY was with the firemen who went to Baltimore and was a brave man and a very careful one. This was his first accident.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 May 1904

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