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John Marshall et al

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths.   They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.

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BC Archives GR-0431

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the fence.

Juror; - Migh I ask why it is you didn't notice why the green and red light didn't show on the gate?

A; - Only thing is, I didn't notice it. I didn't have an occasion to look for it.

Q; - I suppose you were aware the swing was liable to be open?

A; - Mr Fowler told me to slack up.

Q; - Supposing the swing had been open could you have slowed up?

A; - I would have slowed up long before I got to the bridge because the roads gave me lots of clearance. Had I been going any faster probably it would have carried me out over the bridge. I didn't have any occasion and the roads were good. I could see away down the bridge, just as clear almost as in the daytime a hundred feet ahead. it shows clear further off than that, obstructions can be seen.

Q; - What speed were you going?

A; - I should say about fifteen to eighteen miles, in fact driving the car at anything less than that she jumps a little, the engine does. As to driving, it is a heavy car but you don't have to slow down.

Q; - On account of the vibrations?

A; - No, though at 15 miles an hour there are places where as a rule you should not drive over ten.

Q; -

A: - Where you have gates up pedestrians cannot go over.

Q; - There is a notice up, "vehicles are not to go faster than a walk"?

A; - I have trouble with the starter on my engine in anything less than 15 miles per hour, and when you are not driving any more than fifteen miles an hour you are not making much headway, I tried to rack my brain to think if I saw the green light, and I could not say.

BC Archives, GR-0431 Box 10 File 4 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Inquisitions / inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia.

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