Bronx, NY Amusement Park Accident, July 1909
BOY KILLED IN A RUNAWAY.
THROWN FROM A PONY AT CLASON'S POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.
MICHAEL KELLEY of 316 East 143rd Street took his seven-year-old son MICHAEL up to Clason's Point, an amusement park on the Sound, yesterday afternoon. The boy begged to be allowed to ride the mustangs about the inclosure as other children were doing. The boy mounted a docile-looking pony, which started off at a gentle trot, but increased the speed after going a short distance. Young MICHAEL lost his head. He dropped the reins, and the horse started on a gallop. Suddenly the mustang stopped and the boy fell to the ground. MICHAEL'S foot caught in the stirrup and he was dragged about twenty feet before the attendants could catch the runaway.
Little MICHAEL was unconscious when picked up, and Policeman O'Brien of the Westchester Police Station called an ambulance from Fordham Hospital. Dr. Pace found that the lad had a fractured skull. He died a few hours later in the hospital.
Joseph Rieders of 159 East Ninetieth Street, the proprietor of the resort, was arrested, charged with criminal negligence.
New York Times New York 1909-07-19