Police seek driver in fatal horse-rider hit-and-run accident

Police are still looking for the driver of a car that struck a horse in northeast Wichita late Friday night, killing its rider and injuring a boy riding with him.

The collision was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m., Lt. Joe Schroeder said Monday. The eastbound car that struck the horse as it was crossing the street never stopped, he said.

The sedan “should have some extensive damage to the vehicle,” Schroeder said, because the car clipped a back leg, causing the horse to fall onto the hood and perhaps roll over the top of the car.

Lloyd Ferguson, 49, was pronounced dead on the scene, Schroeder said. The boy riding with him, a family friend, remains hospitalized at a Wichita hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Two witnesses who stopped to help were injured when a second vehicle struck them and the two horse riders in the middle of the street, Schroeder said. Those victims, a 17-year-old girl and a man in his 40s, were also taken to the hospital.

“The 17-year-old was on the phone to 911 when she was hit,” Schroeder said.

The horse, which had gotten to its feet and walked to a grassy area next to the street before the second collision, was euthanized by a veterinarian on the scene.

The 62-year-old woman driving the second car stopped immediately and attempted to render aid, Schroeder said. She told police she didn’t see the people in the street until impact.

“No one can remember a rider being killed” in a collision with a vehicle on a Wichita street “prior to this,” Schroeder said in an e-mail response to questions.

It’s legal to ride a horse as a mode of transportation in Wichita, he said, but the horses must wear some sort of reflective gear – and the quarter horse killed Friday night did not.

Anyone who has seen a metallic gray sedan with extensive front end damage in the past few days is asked to call the accident follow-up unit at 316-268-4131.