Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday the 17th June 1908, Constable Kennedy was on patrol on the Kialla Road, about a quarter of a mile from Shepparton, when he rode straight into a plough, part of the load on the back of an unlit dray which was travelling in the middle of the carriageway. At the time it was nearly dark, and Kennedy was travelling at a canter. He apparently only became aware of the dray when it was too late to take any evasive action. He later developed peritonitis, and died at Mooroopna on 19th June, 1908. The Coroner later criticised the local municipality for failing to enforce the carrying of lights on vehicles.