Driver is accused of hit-and-run involving horses

10/02/2013 4:37 PM

10/02/2013 5:35 PM

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.

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