A collision between a car and horse and rider occurred recently on Blue Parkway [near 63rd Street] in Kansas City, Missouri, injuring the woman rider and killing her horse. Nothing much is known about the driver of the vehicle since the person who struck the horse and rider drove off in a hurry.
Craig and Dawn Dudley, husband and wife, were out riding their horses when, from out of nowhere, a car came along, sideswiped Dudley’s horse and struck Mrs Dudley’s horse from behind. She suffered a concussion in a hard fall to the pavement and her horse was flung further off to the side of the road.
Mrs Dudley has been recuperating from the accident at home. She has no recall of the accident other than what Dudley witnessed and tells her.
She talks about the accident this way,
He said the car kind of side swiped him first and then came into me from behind and hit me. He said ‘I watched you do somersaults in the air.’ The impact sounded like an explosion or something.
The driver didn’t stop. They left us for dead. My horse did die. I could have been dead. My husband said he thought I was dead. It’s horrible you can just hit people and take off like that.
Dudley feels that what happened next almost seemed like a miracle. Another car pulled up within a really short time. He had not heard or seen it coming. That driver pulled up beside them and told Dudley, “I’m here to help, I saw what happened.” And he was a great help to them.
The Dudleys and their children went back to the area of the collision to scout out the scene. They found several pieces of the wrecked car. They have pieces that should be identifiable such as a piece that says Nissan and even what appears to be a VIN number. These are important clues that could help track down the hit and run driver and killer of their horse.
Dudley says he’s just thankful his wife is still by his side. And,
I would continue to just say ‘thank you Lord.’ It couldn’t have been anything but the angels that protected her because it could have been a lot worse.
Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS [816-474-8477].
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