Unit 7 Exercise 2

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When is it bad to be first?

The first pedestrian to die in a road was a scientist called Mary Ward. On 31st August, 1869 she fell under a steam in Ireland. The first pedestrian to be killed by a petrol car was a middle-aged , Bridget Driscoll. She died as she was crossing a in a London park in 1896. A man called Arthur Edsall hit her at 6 kilometres per hour. The lawyer at the inquest into Bridget’s said: “This kind of accident must never happen again”.

On 25th February 1899, Edwin Sewell, an engineer, was driving his car down a steep near London. One wheel broke and he hit a . Sewell became the first driver to die in a road accident. His passenger, a soldier called Richer, fell out of the and died three days later in .

Orville Wright was a maker of bicycles but he was famous because he made the first powered on 17th December 1903 in the USA. The plane, called The Flyer, travelled 37 . Five years later, Thomas Selfridge, an American soldier, took off with Orville in the same . They were flying at about 25 metres when the propeller broke. The plane crashed. Selfridge became the first person to die in a plane . Orville broke his but he survived the accident.