Philadelphia, PA Killed by Runaway Horse, Feb 1902


Brown Met Death in Rescuing Woman and Child From Runaway Horse.

Samuel Brown, aged 33 years, of 2547 West Jessup street, saved two lives last night, but was himself killed, at Eighth and Christian streets. He jumped from an Eighth street trolley car to rescue a woman and child, whom he saw were in imminent danger of being killed by a runaway horse attached to a buggy. He saved the two but before he could escape the horse trampled upon him and the carriage passed over his head.

The horse belonged to Dr. Vico Ciecone, of 701 Christian street. The horse, which had been left standing outside of the physician's home, was struck with a whip by a mischievous boy and ran away. The frightened animal ran out Christian street at breakneck speed. At it neared Eighth street an Italian woman with a child by her side crossed the street.

The woman saw the runaway approaching and became confused. Horrirstricken[sic] bystanders shouted to the woman, but she did not move. Brown, who was coming up Eighth street on the car, saw the danger of the woman and child, jumped from the trolley and ran towards them. Just as the horse was within a few feet he pushed them both out of the way.

Before he could managed to escape the horse struck him, knocking him to the street. The animal trampled upon him and the wheels of the buggy passed over his head. Several men hurried to Brown's side. When he was picked up he was unconscious. He was carried into a near-by house and the patrol wagon of the Seventh and Carpenter streets station was sent for.

While awaiting the arrival of the patrol the unfortunate man regained consciousness for a few minutes and inquired if the woman and child had been injured. When told that they were not he lapsed into unconsciousness again. He was hurried to the Pennsylvania Hospital, where the physicians did all in their power to save his life. He died without regaining consciousness a half hour after his admission. His skull was fractured.

The police sent for the young man's mother and sister. They arrived in the receiving ward of the hospital just as the young man died.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 13 Feb 1902