Barnett, Uriah

Barnett, Uriah        1878 August 17th          Fisherton / Stapleford

In our last impression was reported the serious accident which befell Mr Uriah Barnett, the owner of the van plying between Stapleford and Salisbury, on the evening of Saturday, the 3rd inst., and which, we now regret to write, terminated fatally on Saturday morning last at the residence of Mr Bentliff, in Winchester-street, where he had been removed. In the evening of the same day an inquest was held on the body at the Council Chamber, by Mr George Smith, city coroner, Mr W Wells being foreman of the jury.

The first witness called was Mrs Sarah Martin, wife of Mr Thomas Martin, stone mason, residing in Fisherton, who stated that she saw the accident happen to Mr Barnett on the evening of Saturday, the 3rd of August. He was going with his van under the railway arch, Fisherton, when he stopped to let a passenger get up. When he (deceased) however placed his foot on the footboard of the van it slipped and he fell to the ground. He did not get entangled with the harness, but fell between the horse and van, and by some means he was dragged a few yards along the road. The wheel of the van, however, did not go over him. When the van was stopped he was placed in a chair, and brought into her husband’s house; and whilst there Miss Bentliff arrived. She immediately sent for Mr Wilkes, who was soon in attendance. Subsequently the deceased was removed to Mr Bentliff’s house.

The foreman : What time did this occur? Half past three.

The foreman : Was there any disturbance at the time?

Witness replied that there was not, but in answer to another question said the deceased had got beyond some men who were fighting in the street at the time. Deceased himself after the accident told her that he got through them all right.

In answer to further questions she said there was no engine or train passing over the arch at the time of the accident. The horse was perfectly quiet, but when he fell he had the reins in his hand, so that it was possible that he might have been pulled along by them. The horse had stopped before he got out of the van. The deceased after the accident said it happened solely through his having lost his footing.

Dr Wilkes said he was sent for at about four o’clock on the previous Saturday evening to attend the deceased. He immediately answered the call, and proceeded to the house of Mr Martin, in Fisherton, where he found him (deceased) in great pain, and evidently severely shaken. He complained of his right side, and on examination witness found that four or five ribs were broken at the back part of the chest; and that there was an abrased wound on the outer side of the right knee. He was too ill to be taken to his home at Stapleford, and as Miss Bentliff had offered to have him taken to their house in Winchester-street, he was removed there. He must have suffered considerable pain from the accident. He had attended him since. On Wednesday he became delirious, and he lingered until that morning, his death arising solely from the result of the accident. After the accident the poor old man was very anxious for every person to know that it was no fault of his horse, and he also understood him to say that he fell from the footboard.

In answer to a question from a juror, witness said he believed that in his fall deceased struck his side heavily upon the wheel, and so broke his ribs. The wound on the knee would occur through being dragged along. He believed deceased was in his 77th year.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

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