Four yearlings that escaped from their handlers at William S. Farish's Lane's End/Oak Tree Division near Lexington were killed when they were struck by a car Jan 24. Another yearling that escaped avoided the accident.
"Two of the horses were dead on the scene and two were euthanized at the scene," said Sgt. Pat Murray of the Lexington Police Traffic Division. According to Murray, the accident took place about 7 a.m. when the driver of a 1993 Ford sedan struck the horses that were standing in the middle of Mt. Horeb Road near the intersection of Chance Farm Lane. Murray said road conditions were dry and the driver was observing the posted 55 mile per hour speed limit when the collision occurred.
"He was traveling at a normal speed," Murray said. "But being that the horses were bay in color, they just blended in."
The horses were among six being led from the paddock.
"Something spooked them--one stuck near the barn and five got loose," said Farish's son, Bill. "Four of the five made their way through an open gate and to Mt. Horeb. They got about 200 yards down the road before the accident happened."
Farish did not identify the yearlings, but said they were owned by Lane's End and by clients.
Published reports identified the driver involved as Andrew Jackson, 21, of Georgetown, Ky. Murray said Jackson was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment. No information regarding his injuries or condition was available. No criminal or traffic charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
"It was just a terrible accident," Murray said. Pat Raia contributed to the story