1905 — Harlem, New York
April 11, 1905. Tuesday
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WOMEN ESCAPING AFTER RUNNING HERMANS DOWN
Charles H. Hermans, who is sixty two years old, was run down by a motor car after which the chauffeur turned on the power and dashed away, three women, who, with two men, were the occupants, laughing and jeering at the aged victim as they escaped.
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WOMEN LAUGHED AT AGED MOTOR VICTIM
Harlem Business Man Run Down by Gay Party and Left Insensible on the Street
Charles H. Hermans, sixty-two years old, a well-known business man, of Harlem and commander of J. D. Morgan Post, G. A. R., is in the J. Hood Wright Hospital suffering from many cuts and bruises about the head and body, received from being struck early to-day by a big touring motor car at Eighth avenue and One Hundred and Thirty-fourth street, while on his way to his home, at No. 235 West One Hundred and Thirty-fourth street. Detectives from the West One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street station are searching for the party that was in the car.
Mr. Hermans had just alighted from an Eighth avenue car when the machine struck him, hurling him twenty feet against an iron pillar of the Elevated structure. Many persons on the street at the time ran to his assistance, while others followed the motor in an effort to learn the number. Mr. Hermans was unconscious when picked up.
The occupants of the car - three women and two men - instead of stopping, speeded up the machine, which was already going about twenty-five miles an hour, and laughed at the efforts of the crowd to overtake them. They were soon out of sight.
Policeman Culvert, of the West One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street station, who was nearby ran to the place and, seeing the uselessness of pursuing the motor car, devoted his attention to Mr. Hermans and summoned an ambulance. At the hospital he was revived and it is believed he will recover.
Wife Waited Up For Him
Hermans last night attended the meeting of the Kilpatrick Post, G. A. R., at Horton Hall. Mrs. Hermans had remained up waiting for her husband and she was not informed by the police of what had happened until two hours after the incident. Hermans... (clipping ends here)