The Rushden Echo, 18th July 1913
Three Accidents In One Family
Rushden Cyclist Picked Up Unconscious
Two Others Injured By Falling.
Late on Sunday night a man was found lying in an unconscious condition at the junction of Higham-road and Hayway, Rushden, (where excavations were being made by the Electric Lighting Co.).
P.C. Reed, who made the discovery, attended to the injured man. Soon afterwards Dr. Greenfield happened to come along on the scene, and immediately rendered assistance, the man eventually regaining consciousness. He gave the name as Matthews and his address at 1, Allen-road, Rushden. He said he was returning from Finedon on his cycle and when nearing the bottom of Higham-road was somewhat confused by the different lights which were placed to warn passers-by of the excavations. He also states that two cyclists came up the hill in front of him and he saw them turn up North-street. That is all be remembers until he saw the doctor and the policeman. Mr. Matthews was taken home on the ‘bus and on arrival he was found to be suffering from injuries to his right eye and his left thumb was put out of joint.
Our representative was informed yesterday that Mr. Matthews is making fair progress.
Mr. Matthews rarely rides his cycle after dark, as, he says, he is a very nervous rider.
P.C. Reed states that it would have been difficult for passers-by to have seen Mr. Matthews, as he was lying in an inconspicuous position.
Curious to relate, Mr. Matthews’s mother had an accident on Wednesday. She was attending her daughter, Mrs. Watts (whose accident we reported in our last issue), when she fell and suffered some nasty cuts and bruises, but is now making good progress, as is Mrs. Watts (Mr. Matthews’ sister).