KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Prosecutors charged a man Wednesday in the hit and run crash that killed a horse and injured its rider.
Don P. Jackson, 26, of Kansas City, is charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, third degree assault and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.
The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on September 22 near East 63rd Street and Blue Parkway.
A couple were riding their horses west on Blue Parkway when Jackson's rented Nissan Pathfinder slammed into a horse ridden by Craig Dudley.
Mr. Dudley fell from his horse.
Jackson's car then struck Dudley's wife's horse, throwing her off and killing the horse, Major.
Court documents state Jackson stopped the car in the middle of the road and Mr. Dudley yelled for Jackson to get help.
Jackson drove off.
Mr. Dudley found his wife unconscious several feet from her horse. He also picked up several pieces of car after it fled, according to the documents.
Doctors found Mrs. Dudley suffered a fractured clavicle and painful bruises and abrasions.
Major was a Tennessee Walking Horse valued at $2,000, according to the court documents.
Mr. Dudley's horse, a saddlebred walking horse, was injured.
Court documents state Jackson returned the car to a rental agency and told them he thought he hit a deer or horse.
Jackson paid his insurance deductible and signed an insurance form, the court documents state.
Pieces picked up by Jackson were later found to fit the damaged Nissan.
Jackson's attorney surrendered him to police Tuesday.
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