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Horse Owner Faces Charges Following Car vs. Horse Accident

Posted: Updated: Oct 14, 2012 11:13 PM EDT

Press Release
Waynesboro Police Department

On Friday, October 12, 2012 at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers from the Waynesboro Police Department responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Hopeman Parkway and Monroe St involving an SUV and a horse.

A 2001 Toyota RAV4, driven by a 58-year-old Fishersville man, was traveling southbound on Hopeman Parkway and had just cleared the intersection when a horse coming from the area of The Moose Lodge came over an embankment and ran in front of the vehicle when it was struck. The driver said he was going about 35 mph and was unable to stop in time.

The owner of the horse, Ellis Carson Via, 62 years old of Waynesboro, had ridden the 7-year-old horse to the Moose Lodge from his home on North Delphine Ave and improperly secured it to a tree.

After getting loose, it walked down a hill and into traffic where it got struck. Via then attempted to walk the horse back to his residence before being located by officers near the intersection of Hopeman Parkway and Ivy St.

The horse suffered significant injuries to its front legs and was losing large amounts of blood before the Waynesboro First Aid Crew applied a tourniquet to its front right leg. A veterinarian from Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic and the Police Department's Animal Control Officer responded to the scene and were able to make arrangements to have the horse transported by trailer to the Mountain View Equine Hospital in Raphine.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and not charged in the accident. His vehicle sustained approximately $5000 in damage.

Via was arrested from public intoxication and additional charges are pending. 

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