Even after a hundred years kids are still getting hurt by running into the road without looking. At least in this early case little Miss Peglow was able to survive without any permanent injuries. The article doesn’t say what the speed limit in Fairport was at that time. I would imagine it was probably only 15 or 20 miles per hour.
THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, June 10, 1915
LITTLE GIRL IS STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILE
Viola Peglow Runs in Front of Big Machine and Has Miraculous Escape From Death, Thursday Evening.
Viola Peglow the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Peglow of Deland Park B., had a narrow escape from death or serious injury., Thursday evening, when she was struck by large touring car in North Main street, while attempting to cross the street near Mrs. J. D. Harris; residence.
Shortly before 7 o’clock, as the little girl was playing with friends on the east side of Main street, she saw her mother on the opposite side of the street and ran towards her. Apparently the child did not see the big car approaching from the south and ran directly in it path.
Mr Snow of Rochester, who was driving the car, applied the emergency brakes immediately and turned the automobile into the curb to avoid striking the little one, but in spite of his prompt action, a mudguard struck the girl a glancing blow on the left shoulder, rolling her over and over for several feet.
E. C. Meachum was nearby at the time the accident occurred, and was the first to reach the child, who was found to be in an unconscious condition. He carried the little girl to the home of her parents, while the autoist went at once for a physician and later for the child’s father, who was employed .
The child regained consciousness in about an hour and from the examination of Dr. C. E. White, it appeared no bones were broken, although the left shoulder was badly cut and the body covered with bruise.
Those who saw the accident claim the autoist was exercising ordinary judgement in driving hs car at the time of the accident happened, but apparently the child failed entirely to see or hear the automobile approaching.
Although in this case it is said the driver was not exceeding the speed limit, yet residents of North Main street declare that the ordinance is being violated every day by autoists who “let out” their cars as soon as they strike the pavement just north of the New York Central tracks.