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Rushden Echo and Argus, 3rd January 1941
Inquest on Mr Rupert Miller

Fatal Result of 1937 Accident
Unexplained “Wobble”

An accident which occurred in 1937 was described at Rushden last Friday evening, when Mr. J. S. Parker, Deputy Coroner for East Northants, conducted an inquest at “Prospect House,” the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Miller, whose only son, Mr. Rupert Charles Austin Miller, passed away on December 26 at the age of 24.

Dr. D. G. Greenfield, of Rushden, said that since the early part of the year he had been attending Mr. Rupert Miller for injuries which were received, he understood, in an accident 3½ years ago. A fracture had resulted in paralysis of the leg and other conditions which were the cause of death.

Mr. C. H. Miller, a soap and polish manufacturer, said that prior to the accident his son lived with him and was learning the business. On June 6th 1937, he went out on his motor cycle during the morning. He had ridden the machine for some time and was a competent rider. The motor cycle was, to the best of his knowledge, in good order, and the rider was in good health.

Mr. Miller added that he received a message at noon and visited Ditchford-lane, where he found his son on the grass verge in a semi-conscious condition. His son had been an invalid since then, and his death occurred on Thursday.

The Coroner noted that the spot where the accident occurred was in the Parish of Irthlingborough.

No Cause Apparent

Mr. Tom Victor Glenn, of Kings-avenue, Higham Ferrers, a leather dresser, said that on Sunday June 6th 1937, he went on a motor cycle ride with deceased. Ascending the hill towards Stone Cross, deceased was 100 yards ahead of him, and doing about 30 miles an hour. He saw the motor cycle wobble, straighten out, and wobble again. It went on the left-hand verge and dragged the rider with hit. Deceased was thrown clear, and the machine finished about five yards ahead of him.

Witness said that he pulled up and made his friend as comfortable as possible, then going for a doctor and the parents.

The Coroner: Was the road in good condition?

Witness: Well, the usual Ditchford-lane condition—not a good surface, but not very bad.

But there appeared to be nothing to cause this wobble?—Not so far as I am aware. I saw nothing either before or after when I inspected the machine.

A Good Rider

Mr. Glenn added that deceased was a good rider; he had been out with him a good many times.

Mr. Dennis Frederick Newell, engineer, of 75 Upper Kings-avenue, Higham Ferrers, said he was riding his cycle down the lane and saw deceased coming over the brow of the hill towards him.

“He came over the top of the hill,” said witness, “and his bike wobbled. He went for some distance on the grass, and then the bike threw him. He appeared to be riding quite normally.”

The Coroner entered a verdict of “Accidental death.”

The police officers attending the inquest were Inspector Valentine and Sergt. Thompson.

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