Crime scene location of automobile accident that killed James Finn. On the evening of July 20th, 1909, at approximately 11pm, James Plunkett (described as a "chauffeur") and J. Cleveland Collins took a car from upper Manhattan and drove through Harlem and the Bronx, stopping along the way at road houses for drinks. Continuing north on Jerome Ave. at approximately 1am, they encountered a stopped New York Railway Trolley Car on the east side of the road. The motorman, James Finn, was standing on the west side of the trolley talking with several workmen heading home. The car approached at high speed, zig-zagging, according to the workmen's eyewitness accounts, and struck motorman Finn, subsequently lost control, overturned and hit a Trolley pole on the east side of Jerome Avenue. The driver, Plunkett and passenger, Collins escaped the wreck before it was engulfed in flames and fled the scene of the accident, taking the subway line back into Manhattan.
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