Alexandria, VA Trolley Accident, May 1907


With Both Legs Badly Crushed He Is Expected to Die.


Toddling Across Street in Front of His Home in Alexandria, William Creegan, Five Years Old, Is Probably Fatally Injured by Mount Vernon Electric Car. Motorman and Conductor Under Bond.

Washington Post Bureau,

621 King Street, Alexandria, Va

William Creegan, the five-year-old son on Michael Creegan, of 217 South Royal street, was run over by a north-bound car on the Mount Vernon division of the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway, near the intersection of Royal and Duke streets, almost in front of his parents’ home, about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Both the child’s legs were so terribly mangled that his death is said to be merely a question of a few hours.

John S. Barker, the motorman of the car, and Richard Acton, the conductor, were arrested by Policeman Knight and Garvay about two hours after the accident, and were arraigned before Police Justice Caton, who held them under $1,000 real estate bond each for a further hearing to-morrow morning at 9 o’clock.

The Creegan child had been at the Young Men’s Sociality Lyceum Hall, a short distance from the scene with his father and had started home alone. As the child started to toddle across the street, the car approached from the south and the little fellow was knocked down and ground beneath the wheels before the motorman could check his speed.

Hurried to Hospital.

Policeman Garvey and Joseph Nowland, who were near by and witnessed the accident, picked the child up and hurried with him to the Alexandria Hospital, where in a short while Drs. William M. Smith, E. A. Gorman, Arthur Snowden, and S. B. Moore held a consultation. It was decided that a successful operation would be impossible.

When the conductor and motorman were arraigned before Police Justice Caton, Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent conducted the examination. Policeman Garvey testified that he tried to signal to the motorman when he saw the child run into the street, but that it was too late. He also testified that there were two men in the motor cab with the motorman, that the car was running at a rate of speed that he believed was unlawful, and that the fender was at the rear end of the car instead of the front.