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      RECKLESS DRIVING (1873)

Mr. Ward lost his life on Easter Monday, 1873, through the reckless driving of one of his old pupils. A vehicle - a four-wheeled chaise - was being driven down North Street at the furious rate of some fifteen miles per hour, when it knocked down Mr. Ward, who was crossing the road at the time, and inflicted on him, such severe injuries that he expired three days after in the Sussex County Hospital, whither he had been removed.

The Coroner's jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against the driver, who was committed to the Assizes, where, being found not guilty, he was released, but only after a severe rebuke from the Judge for his careless driving. This was a sad end to a much respected old Schoolmaster.

The Middle Street School, Brighton, 1805-1905 by Geo. Haffenden   p.50     

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