Constable

Hugh KENNEDY

YEAR OF DEATH

1908

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday 17 June 1908 Constable Kennedy was on patrol on the Kialla Road about a quarter of a mile from Shepparton. He rode straight into a plough part of the load on the back of an unlit dray which was travelling in the middle of the carriageway. At the time it was nearly dark and Kennedy was travelling at a canter. He apparently only became aware of the dray when it was too late to take any evasive action. He later developed peritonitis and died at Mooroopna on 19 June 1908. The Coroner later criticised the local municipality for failing to enforce the carrying of lights on vehicles.

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