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The accident took place in New York City on Memorial Day-or as they called it then, Decoration Day-on May 30, 1896, when motorist Henry Wells lost control of his Duryea Motor Wagon and collided with cyclist Evylyn Thomas, knocking her off her Columbia bicycle into the street, where she lay unconscious, her leg broken. It's unclear from the historical record what the outcome of the collision was; Wells' automobile was one of six cars taking part in an automobile race from New York to Irvington and back, and New Yorkers were seeing these odd new "horseless carriages" for the first time that day.
This information was posted in Velonews under the heading of "legally speaking". History can be fascinating and surprising sometimes.