Loose horse struck and killed by driver in West Tisbury

Loose horse struck and killed by driver in West Tisbury

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A driver struck and killed a horse that had got loose from its enclosure and strayed on to Old County Road in West Tisbury about 7 pm, Thursday evening, West Tisbury police Sgt. Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter told The Times in a telephone call Friday.

Sergeant Manter declined to release the name of the driver of the car, a juvenile.  He said she suffered minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital by her parents as a precaution.

The vehicle, a Nissan Cube, was a total loss.

The horse, along with two others owned by James Paquette of West Tisbury, got out of their enclosure on nearby James Way. Mr. Paquette could not be reached for comment.

“Someone was taking care of the horses, but they got out,” Sgt. Manter said. “They were trying to catch them, but unfortunately one ran out in front of a car.”

He said the horse was killed by the impact of the car, and was already dead when police arrived at the scene.