Alabama state troopers are seeking more answers about an accident that took the life of Somerville horseback rider Jackie Brown King, 35. King and her horse were struck by a car. As King fell off her horse, she struck her head on the road surface, sustaining a severe head injury.
Apparently, King was one of a group of riders that had stopped to ask directions of a westbound driver. She told him they were lost. As she was talking to him, she was sitting on her horse in the eastbound lane. As the driver saw the approaching eastbound driver, he rapidly flashed his lights to draw his attention. However, the horse and King were struck by Nicholas F. Smith’s 1987 Buick Regal.
The collision occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Lawrence Cove Road, between Rock Creek and Harvey Oden roads. Smith told troopers that he did not see the horse and rider on the unlit road.
King was rushed by air to Huntsville Hospital and died of her injuries a week later.
Alabama state troopers continue their investigation.
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