Colored Boy Killed

August 5, 1905


A streetcar strikes and instantly kills Isaiah Watkins, a bicycling boy.


Isaiah Watkins, colored, was instantly killed by a street-car Sunday afternoon at about 3:45 by a westbound car of the Virginia Passenger and Power Company of this city. He was riding a bicycle that he had rented and was coming down Henry St. in company with another colored boy, riding rapidly. When he reached Clay St., he endeavored to pass the westbound car in the rear, as an eastbound car was approaching. He was going at too great a speed and could not make the turn sufficiently. The bicycle had low handlebars and his head was driven with terrific force against the iron portions of the car where he and his wheel were jammed.
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