2017-03-15 / For The Record

Horses killed in collision

By Roy F. Chalker, Jr.

Two horses died and their owner was injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Story Mill Road late Friday, March 10.

About 7:20 p.m. Edward James Oates and James Pope Cook were leading the two horses in the southbound lane along the side of the road on the Briar Creek Bridge. April Marie Poss, 32, of Hephzibah was driving in the same direction. According to a report from the Georgia State patrol, when Poss’ 2003 Jeep Liberty approached the horses from the rear, the handlers lost control of them and they entered the southbound lane, where they were both struck.

GSP Cpl. Perkins said the driver reported having her vision obscured by the glare of an oncoming car and she didn’t see the horses or the pedestrians.

One of the horses died as a result of the collision. The other was severely injured and had to be euthanized at the scene.

Oates, who owned the two horses, was transported to Burke Medical Center for treatment of a leg injury. The driver was not cited but Oates received a warning for faulty equipment (no lighting or reflective safety vests).

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