Conisborough Lad Killed by Motor Van – Driver Exonerated

September 1920

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 13 September 1920

Conisborough Lad killed by Motor Van

Another fatality arising out of Doncaster Races occurred at Conisborough.

It appears that a number of boys, including Edgar Thomas, aged eight years, son of William Thomas of 65, Lime Grove, Conisborough were sat on the wall at Piggott recreation ground watching the vehicles from the Doncaster Races pass by.

Thomas attempted to cross the road, and apparently failed to notice a motor van coming towards Doncaster.

This was driven by John Dobson of Saint Stephen’s Road Sheffield. He was knocked down and so seriously injured that he died half an hour later

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Tuesday 14 September 1920

Motor Driver Exonerated In Conisborough Fatality.

An inquest was held at Conisborough yesterday on Edgar Rogers Thomas, aged seven years, son of a miner, who was killed by a motor-car on the Sheffield Road on Friday.

The driver, John Hudson, 15, St. Stephen’s Road, Sheffield, said he was going to Doncaster with aload of papers for the ” Sheffield Telegraph” and meeting him were half-a-dozen cars from the Doncaster Races. The boy dashed across the road, and he turned his car among the others in his effort to avoid the boy. The rear mudguard caught the boy. He did his utmost to avoid an accident. The car was travelling at eight miles per hour.

The Coroner (Mr. F. Allen) found a verdict of “Accidental death,” and attached no blame to the driver