Toronto, d. 17.July.1920, killed by
car on the job
Motorman Not Blamed for Cyclist’s Death
Toronto Star, July 24, 1920
Witnesses describe scene of accident on Yonge St. as veritable death
North Toronto, July 24 – Coroner Dr. G. G. Rowe’s jury last night
returned a verdict to the effect that the death of Elmer Frisby,
aged 14, was accidental and that no blame could be attached to the
motorman of a Metropolitan streetcar with which deceased’s bicycle
collided near Stop 18, North Yonge Street on July 17. Frisby was a
messenger boy at a meat store.
A.B. Cairns, the motorman testified that he saw the boy riding south
on Yonge Street with one hand on the handlebar and a package of meat
in the other hand. When the car caught up with the boy, the latter
swerved and appeared to be drawn in under the trolley. Witness
reversed the controller and applied the brakes and pulled up within
a distance of 23 feet. He was going about 10 miles an hour. The
wheels of the car had not run over the boy who was killed by the
force of the impact with the side of the car.
Foster Robbins, conductor, corroborated.
Edwin Donnelly, a resident of North Toronto, declared that the spot
where the accident occurred was a veritable death trap. Ditches, he
said ran under and across the car tracks at regular intervals. In
his opinion, the bicycle struck of these ditches throwing Frisby to
the ground. Donnelly said that the city had requested for a long
time been requested to assist in repaving the roadway but without
W.G. Ellis, a jeweler agreed that the place was a deathtrap.
Detective McIntosh stated that on examination of the bicycle he
found the cones in the front wheel loose, which would cause it to
swerve considerably. He also thought that the weight of the heavy
metal basket affixed to the handlebars might have caused the wheels
F.C. Barnett, the boy’s employer declared the wheel had been
overhauled on the day preceding the fatality.