Car accidents are somewhat common. Anyone who has been driving for any length of time usually has managed to have at least 1. Those magical people who have never had any car accidents are the people everyone else hates. Fatal car accidents are rare now due to increases in automobile safety and improved engineering.

But there had to be a first; the first human being killed by an automobile. This took place in the infancy of the automobile in a major city where most people were still traveling by horse, carriage, or streetcar.

In this video, we’re traveling back to 1899 when a local real estate agent was mowed down by one of those new-fangled automobile contraptions.