A shocking fatality occurred at Baildon Green on Tuesday afternoon when a child named Irene Orger, aged one year and ten months, daughter of Arthur Orger, tram conductor, 3 Quarry Fold, was run over by a brewery cart and killed.An inquiry into the child’s death was held at the Christian Brethren’s Chapel, Baildon Green, on Wednesday afternoon before the District Coroner, Mr Edgar Wood.Mr Smith Hall was foreman of the jury. Joshua Tetley and Sons Ltd, of Leeds, owners of the brewery cart were represented by Mr P D Thomas of Simpson, Thomas & Co, solicitors, Leeds.MotherThe first witness was the mother of the deceased, Annie Orger, who stated that on Tuesday afternoon she visited a shop near the house, along with her three children.She returned home for something, leaving the deceased near the shop.Coroner: “Did the accident happen before you got back?”Witness: “Yes. I was not away three minutes.”Continuing, the witness said that as she was returning to the shop, she heard a woman scream.
Coroner: “I suppose the children would all come out of the shop together?”Witness: “Yes.”Mrs Mary Ann Hartley, 6 Baildon Green, said she witnessed the accident from her house.The horse was proceeding at a very slow pace and the driver was stood on the near shaft, with the reins in his hands.Coroner: “Do you think the driver could see the children?”Witness: “No, I don’t think he could.”Proceeding, the witness stated that the driver jumped down from the cart and picked the child up. Life was then extinct.Coroner: “You don’t think the driver was to blame in any way?”Witness: “No, sir, I don’t.”Coroner: “How near the side of the road was the cart?”Witness: “I could not say; it was on its proper side.”The driver of the cart, Charles William Huffington, of Leeds, stated that at the time of the accident he was driving slowly.Coroner: “Were you doing anything that would take your attention from the road?”
Witness: “No, sir.”Coroner: “Did you see any children about?”Witness: “no.”Coroner: “Did you not see the deceased at all until after the accident?”Witness: “No.”Coroner: “Was the deceased dead when you picked her up?”Witness: “Yes, I think so.”Sad affairMr Thomas said he should like to express Tetley’s deepest sympathy with the parents of the deceased in their bereavement.Loss of life at any time was most regrettable, but to lose a child at that age was extremely said. He could assure the jury that the firm as well as the driver deeply regretted the occurrence.The Coroner remarked that the fatality was a very sad affair for everybody concerned. If the jury were satisfied that no one was to blame, they would return a verdict of Accidental Death.The jury considered that the occurrence was purely accidental and returned a verdict accordingly.Shipley Times & Express 8 November 1907.