David W. Williams v. Louisville & Nashville Rail Road Co.

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
David W. Williams v. Louisville & Nashville Rail Road Co.
Case Date: 
1888
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Negligence

Database - TN Research:

County:

Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
30
Notes / Description: 

Williams sued Rail Road for causing death of his ox, hit by train on bright, clear night, w/train running 25 mph on downgrade. Engineer W.H. Hummell saw ox 15 yds away running toward track from behind rick of timber, but couldn't stop train in time. Train was running from Bowling Green, KY to Paris, TN. Witness A.H. Miller was firing the engine for the train. First jury couldn't agree, so mistrial. Second jury ruled in Williams' favor, awarding $31.05 damages (value of ox).