Oldfield Struck by Car

This article appeared in the July 21, 1909 Indianapolis Star. It is a brief and odd item that reports on a traffic accident where superstar race driver Barney Oldfield was struck crossing Michigan Avenue in Chicago. He was walking in front of another big name of day in racing - Lewis Strang, who shouted a warning to Oldfield. Barney dodged one car but a second struck him. The two men were reportedly headed toward a cigar store, a product Oldfield consumed incessantly.
Oldfield was thrown to the ground and subsequently ushered to nearby St. Lukes Hospital where upon examination he pronounced the victim of only minor abrasions to his face and limbs.

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