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First Traffic Accident Memorial

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
Here at West 74th Street and Central Park West, Henry H. Bliss dismounted from a streetcar and was struck and knocked unconscious by an automobile on the evening of September 13, 1899. When Mr. Bliss, a 61-year-old New York real estate man, died the next morning from his injuries, he became the first recorded motor vehicle fatality in North America. This sign was erected to remember Mr. Bliss on the centennial of his untimely death and to promote safety on our streets and highways.

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