Owner sought after horse struck, killed near Appling

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 10:39 AM
Last updated 10:47 AM
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Columbia County officials are looking for the owner of a horse struck by a truck in Columbia County last night.

Just after 6 p.m. Monday, a horse wandered out of the driveway of 3929 E. White Oak Road in Appling into the path of a Nissan truck driven by Annis Skillman Hall, 78, of Powell Court in Augusta, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The truck was extensively damaged. Hall and her passenger, Ralph Martin Gay, 59, of Red Bud Road in Thomson, were taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Hall was listed in good condition and Gay was in serious condition this morning

Columbia County Animal Care and Control officers have not yet been able to identify the owner of the horse. Charges are pending against the owner, who will likely be charged once they are identified, said sheriff’s office Capt. Steve Morris.

The horse died and Columbia County Roads and Bridges was called to the scene to remove the horse

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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Sciencegeek
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Sciencegeek 01/26/10 - 02:53 pm
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Seems a bit premature to say

Seems a bit premature to say that the owner is going to be charged doesn't it? What if the wind blew down a tree onto a part of the pasture and the owner doesn't even know the horse is missing??? Sad for everyone involved.

7even
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7even 01/26/10 - 03:34 pm
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Agree s-geek.

Agree s-geek.

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corgimom 01/26/10 - 08:30 pm
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Science geek. Here's the

Science geek. Here's the deal. When you own a horse, if the horse gets out- for whatever reason- and there's problems, it's the owner's fault. What if you were the driver and hit the horse? Would you think it's fair to pay the cost of repairing your vehicle, when all you were doing is driving down the road, minding your own business? Doesn't matter if the owner knew that he was missing or not. Obviously, the owner doesn't know, who lets a horse run loose?

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crackerjack 01/26/10 - 09:08 pm
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By that kind of reasoning

By that kind of reasoning "corgimom" then if someones dog, cat,hamster, iquana or child rusns out in the street and causes an accident the owner or parent is liable for damages. Is that true? Should they be arrested for cruelty to animals? I'm just saying!

waugusta92
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waugusta92 01/26/10 - 10:12 pm
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cracker: uh yes.

cracker: uh yes.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 01/27/10 - 02:34 am
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I can see being responsible

I can see being responsible for damages and medical bills, but charges?? Unless they can prove the animal was loose due to intentional neglect what charges would be filed?

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Roeschen 01/27/10 - 04:27 am
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Whatever happened to

Whatever happened to defensive driving? Why didn't the driver of the car see the horse? They are rather large animals. Don't drivers pay attention anymore? When I am driving and I see children playing near the road or see animals loose on the side of the road, I slow down. I don't trust either animals or children to not run out into the road in front of my car. While I might not be held responsible for their injuries or death, I certainly would have to live with the thought that I caused either injuries or death to a human being or an innocent animal.

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Roeschen 01/27/10 - 04:36 am
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Why would anyone throw their

Why would anyone throw their receipts away? What if the item needs to be returned? It is a whole lot easier to return the item with the receipt.

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dwb619 01/27/10 - 09:26 pm
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6 P.M., its dark, an animal

6 P.M., its dark, an animal would be hard to see in advance. You are respondsible for any damage an animal belonging to you causes. May be hard to get anyone to "own up" to owing the horse.

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3175apple 01/28/10 - 11:17 am
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I pass that spot everyday to

I pass that spot everyday to and from work. About two months ago I met a horse running at full speed down the white line towards my car. I called 911 to alert police and pulled over only to find a man running behind the horse to catch it. He stated that it may not be the only horse out. It was the exact area that the accident was at. Seems like it is a problem to keep those horses in......

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