Corolla Wild Horse Killed After Collision With Sheriff's Vehicle

One of Corolla's wild horses was killed Monday night when it collided with a sheriff deputy's patrol car.

Currituck County authorities say it happened around 10:30 p.m. at mile post 21 in Carova Beach on the beach strand.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Jessie Taylor was paroling the area when two of the wild horses were chasing each other, and one collided with his cruiser. The horse suffered a broken front leg, along with other injuries and had to be euthanized by the Wild Horse Fund herd manager.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Sheriff Susan Johnson said it was a very unfortunate incident and sometimes these collisions are unavoidable.

Karen McCalpin, executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund tells WITN News that it is routine for deputies to be patrolling in the area at that time of night. She says equipment on the patrol car showed the deputy was not speeding, only going about 26 to 28 miles per hour when the collision occurred.

This is the third fatal collision this year with the wild horses, McCalpin says the most she seen in her three years with the organization.

The wild horse heard now stands at 97.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 18, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    To CRVABCH: You should learn to read. Obviously you DID NOT read my full comment. I was defending the fact that the horses will run out in front of you just like a deer. NOT saying it couldn't happen. That it does happen. So before you go commenting try to read it all and let it sink in, maybe give it a little while.
  • by GetOVERit. on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    One. There ARE roads off the beach. But you have to drive on the beach to get to them. DUH. Two. It's necessary to drive at night because people have houses out there on the beach and actually live there. Not to mention he was patroling the area at the time. Accident people. Get over it.
  • by CRVABCH on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    It is necessary to drive on the beach at night because we do not have a road that is paved in to our community. The beach acts as a highway for us. We do have roads behind the dunes as well. There is just no road in. A federal wildlife preserve separates our community from Corolla- and no road is allowed in this area. And, we like it this way, otherwise, everyone would want to come to our community.
  • by rich on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    ironic,who are they protecting?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Why is it necessary to drive on the beach at night? I don't like it when they allow it during the day. Bad for sea turtles and bad for the beach. NOT NECESSARY.
  • by OJ SIMPSON on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:57 PM
    DUH this guy was going a CONSERVATIVE 27 MPH.IF this is true he dang sure was not looking where he was going. MAYBE HE WAS TEXTING! INVESTIGATE Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    This was a complete accident. Remember. It was 10:30 at night. It seems sad because it was a horse and not a raccoon (it is sad - tragic). But don't go passing judgment on your law enforcement officers. It doesn't take much for a horse to break his leg and if it was a human, he would have a broken leg only and not have to be put down.
  • by kk80 on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    Why should the sheriff be charged!? He reported an accident? He didnt leave the animal there and not report anything... Its very clear this accident was unavoidable... He did what he was suppossed to do. If you hit a deer, and then report it, should you be charged with a crime?
  • by KC Location: PV on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    They need to put a road behind the dunes. Next time it will be a person!!
  • by zab on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Seems a little fast for beach driving at night knowing the horses are there. Of course accidents happen, but everyone needs to slow down when beach driving.
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