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Driver is accused of hit-and-run involving horses

Updated: 2013-10-02T22:35:56Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A Kansas City man driving a rented SUV fled last month after hitting two horses, killing one and injuring a rider, Jackson County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Don P. Jackson, 26, faces charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, third-degree assault, and careless and imprudent driving.

A couple told police they were riding near 63rd Street and Blue Parkway on Sept. 22 when a vehicle struck their mounts, knocking a woman unconscious. She also suffered a broken clavicle, scrapes and bruises.

One of the horses, a Tennessee walker that court records valued at $2,000, died in the collision. The other horse suffered a large scratch on the left side.

After receiving three calls to the TIPS Hotline, police found a damaged Nissan Pathfinder at a Raytown Ford dealership. The Nissan had been dropped off by a rental car company, which reported that Jackson had said he struck a horse or a deer.

Police matched the Nissan with car parts broken off at the scene and found what appeared to be horse hair embedded in the vehicle, prosecutors said.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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