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Horse Killed in Car Accident in Bethany

Fourth horse to die in a motor vehicle accident in less than three years.

A horse was hit by a car and killed on Rt. 63 on Saturday morning in Bethany. According to state police, a driver was headed south on Rt. 63, and as she crested the hill by the flashing light at the churches, was confronted by a horse running northbound in her lane and was unable to avoid hitting it.

The horse could not be saved and was euthanized, while the driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

This is the fourth horse in Bethany killed by a car in recent years. In January of 2008, a driver on Rt. 69 hit an Arab that had escaped from its paddock. The driver, 53 year old Michael A. Dibeneditto Jr. of Prospect, was instantly killed, as was the horse. Last year, an escaped horse was killed on Rt. 42, and this September, a driver on Fairwood Lane struck a horse and rider; the rider had minor injuries and the horse was euthanized due to extensive injuries.  

Three of the four horses were loose due to open gates or insufficient fencing. Horse owners are urged to regularly check their fencing for damage, and double check that all gates are latched each time they exit a paddock. Also, always check paddock gates and stall doors in the evening.

Sue Ellen November 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Here is the underlying issue - folks love to move to town because it is a "horse town." We have small parcels of land close to major arteries (roads) and although we are rural....we are in essense not rural enough. I can't tell you the number of houses that I pass on 63 and 69 with the paddocks at almost streetside. Two things needs to occur: 1. Drivers needs to be aware and slow down and 2 (more importantly) horse owners must as you say make sure their paddocks/runs are secure. Perhaps put up a 4th row of fencing to make harder for horses to jump over, make sure the gates have a good lock and make sure they are locked and if I may say...make sure your property is adequate space wise for horses. I can't tell the number of times I've come upon a horse bearing down on me. Thankfully, I don't drive fast, but it has been more than once that I've used the rope in my car and trotted the offending hrose back it its owner.
Judie h April 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
And again today, two horses on the loose and hit a car ! These horses owners need to surcured their animals.
Sue Ellen April 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Horse owners need secure pastures - fences that are 3-4 rails high, charged if needed. This is quite sad - to the horses and the people that are involved. At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of the horse owner to have a secure pasture/property for the animal(s). Fine or horses taken away are needed.

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