Bridget A. Cahill died as the result of saving Jane E. Smith from being struck by an automobile, Abington, Massachusetts, December 4, 1964. At night in light rain, Jane, 17, schoolgirl, Miss Cahill, 18, and another girl were walking along a dimly lighted street with their backs to oncoming traffic. An automobile approached from behind at 30 m.p.h., but they did not hear it or notice its headlights. The driver did not see the girls. Miss Cahill, who was nearest the edge of the street, turned toward Jane, who was slightly behind and about three feet from the pavement’s edge. The other girl was ahead of them. Miss Cahill, who then saw the approaching automobile, shouted a warning. Instead of moving from the path of the oncoming vehicle, she extended her arms, grasped Jane by the shoulders, and thrust her from the pavement. Brushing Janes’s coat as it passed, the automobile struck Miss Cahill and then the other girl. The driver immediately applied his brakes and stopped the automobile. Miss Cahill and the other girl each sustained injuries which resulted in her death. Jane was not injured.
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