So so sad.

So so sad.




I copied and pasted the post from the Facebook page of Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Tragic, terrible news to share today. Last night a mare was run over and killed on the beach. She died instantly, and her stallion stayed over her body all night even after she was covered with a tarp. There are no words to describe the heartbreak and frustration we are feeling this morning. What a senseless loss. Please, please, please pay attention when you are driving on the beach at night. Slow down and expect that a horse could be on the beach or running over the dunes at any given moment. The speed limit is 15mph and that applies to everyone, at all times. The person who hit the horse was a local, so this is not just about tourists.


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Such a preventable tragedy.


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I just read about this on Facebook. So terribly sad.


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Broken heart


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Terribly sad news. From The Coastland Times: https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2018/06/10/wild-horse-struck-and-killed-in-corolla/


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I too am sorry to hear of this horses' death.
I am sure there are many more facts to be reported after a full investigation, and I am sure the driver is very remorseful.



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Was this a hit and run? The article stated that it appears to have been a local, and that the Sheriff was being notified. The only thing I gather from that is that the driver isnt the one who reported the accident. And how fast the person must have been traveling to kill a horse (not a dog or deer, a horse!) instantly? Was the horse moved? It was right near the dune. So sad, and so many questions!


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Yes, the body was moved from the waters edge as the tide came in.


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Yes, the body was moved from the waters edge as the tide came in.

hoi toide


Thanks hoi, I was wondering about that.


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So heartbreaking. This is the third horse this year that has died in the corolla herd. :/ the difference is, this particular one was so, so preventable. Seeing how folks drive up in carova I’m shocked we don’t hear stories like this more often. :(


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I Was heading south that night about 11 PM and came onto the scene minutes after it happened. I pulled over due to the large vehicles near the waters edge. I spotted Betty Lane who is known for her protection of the herd and also spotted a mare down on the sand and knew right off what just happened.

A local guy in a large lifted truck was traveling at a high rate of speed on the hard sand at low tide, never saw the mare, struck it and killed it instantly. After pulling over I assisted Betty in taking photos and trying to call the Wild Horse Fund people but nobody was able to get to the scene except us. On the phone they wanted a determination if the horse was deceased which it was.

The dominant stallion that came over was obviously distraught and began kneeling on her , rubbing himself on her, sniffing her and nibbling on her leg as if to get her to move. It was heartbreaking to watch. We had to make the decision to move her body away from the waters edge as the tide was surrounding her pretty fast. That is why the photos look as though she was hit near the dune line.

A police officer arrived and spoke with the person responsible but I was too busy to notice what went on with that individual.




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Thank you for sharing the facts. very sad the horse died, but glad that people who cared were nearby.


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SP - sorry you had to be witness to this, and thank you for first-hand accounts. It must be troubling all around. Thank you.


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Thank you SP for sharing. Heartbreaking to read.

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outerbanksvoice.com/2018/06/11/weekend-collision-that-killed-corolla-wild-horse-ruled-an-accident/


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Thank you SP for sharing. Heartbreaking to read.

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hearthomeobx


Such a false statement...it was not foggy at all and the truck driver was traveling fast enough that he hit the horse with such force that his left front wheel was knocked off. His truck is built like a monster truck with giant tires. He was not issued a sobriety test because he was not in his truck when the police arrived.


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Thank you SP for sharing. Heartbreaking to read.

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hearthomeobx


Such a false statement...it was not foggy at all and the truck driver was traveling fast enough that he hit the horse with such force that his left front wheel was knocked off. His truck is built like a monster truck with giant tires. He was not issued a sobriety test because he was not in his truck when the police arrived.

Surfpainter


I believe you Rick. No charges of any kind. Not even a citation...really?


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Wow. Just wow.

I try not to make assumptions..but how on earth could the tire have come off and a horse killed instantly going 20 to 25 mph?! That just makes zero sense.

And what is the speed limit? One of the posts above says 15 mph, the news article says 35 mph.

Either way I cant believe he was going that slow. Deer strikes are common here, and even being struck at 55+ it isnt often they are killed instantly...usually law enforcement has to do that when they arrive.

Regardless, so pointless and sad.


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I believe the limit is 15 mph when anyone is on the beach, and 35 is the coast is clear.


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I believe the limit is 15 mph when anyone is on the beach, and 35 is the coast is clear.

AmyS


You are correct except if you are within (300' of people) it's 15mph. At night unless you are seen by a police vehicle no one will monitor your speed.


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Lets say the truck was going 35mph. Even if the mare ran into the tire at say 20 mph that's a 55mph collision. Maybe enough to kill the mare. maybe. Not enough to knock the tire off. IMO.


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This is going to sound really messed up, but I'm glad it was a local that did this. If this had been a tourist, it'd be decades of ****ting on tourists, and banning them from the beaches, etc type talk. It's horrible that it happened, I know. But it'll be less bad publicity this way, I guess is what I'm getting at. (not sure how to say my point of view here, anyone get what I'm trying to say?)

Also, assuming rates of speed, etc...you can't do that. Assuming he was going 35 + horse running 25 = 55 won't knock a wheel off. Physics and science. We don't know the details yet. But I can tell you that most of the guys running big lifted trucks only drop the cash on the lift kits and wheels/tires, some of these lifts cost 5k or more, then tack on another 2-3k or more for tires wheels. They aren't upgrading steering components at all, they tend to remain stock. You add on all that extra weight and pressure, those components will give way at MUCH lower impacts than normal. I'm not saying the guy wasn't speeding, I'm not saying he wasn't going faster than he should have been. But reading "monster trucks" tells me that's most likely the case. Who the heck does 50+ down the rollers at the tide line? We don't have long travel pre-runners out here (desert racing trucks).

Just my .02. Still sucks. Red heart


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Thank you SP for sharing. Heartbreaking to read.

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hearthomeobx


Such a false statement...it was not foggy at all and the truck driver was traveling fast enough that he hit the horse with such force that his left front wheel was knocked off. His truck is built like a monster truck with giant tires. He was not issued a sobriety test because he was not in his truck when the police arrived.

Surfpainter


Explains why it was not a hit and run.


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This is going to sound really messed up, but I'm glad it was a local that did this. If this had been a tourist, it'd be decades of ****ting on tourists, and banning them from the beaches, etc type talk. It's horrible that it happened, I know. But it'll be less bad publicity this way, I guess is what I'm getting at. (not sure how to say my point of view here, anyone get what I'm trying to say?)

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Grim_Smoker


Watching Channel three news last night and they said the driver was from Virginia Beach.


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Really sad that the driver was so careless. I would be interested to know if he traveled this way frequently. I try not to put human emotions on animals but I wonder if the herd knows to be afraid of cars on the beach? From the sounds of it, there are no statute that could charge the driver.( Much like hitting deer on highways. ) Rick, keep us posted if there are other developments.


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This is going to sound really messed up, but I'm glad it was a local that did this. If this had been a tourist, it'd be decades of ****ting on tourists, and banning them from the beaches, etc type talk. It's horrible that it happened,
Just my .02. Still sucks. Red heart

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There is nothing messed up about that at all.

There has been a growing abundance of Anti Tourist sites popping up on Social Media, where the Locals bash the Tourists all day long.

A recent one dedicate to Corolla Idiots has had particular fun bashing Tourists. Much of the bashing is deserved, but when it is one of your own it is funny that they won't address it, and just move on and bash again.

99.7% of the folks who visit the OBX don't fit into the mold that these sites try to portray people.