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N.C. authorities have charged a Chesapeake woman in the hit-and-run injury and ultimate death of a wild horse in Currituck County, N.C.

Charged in the crime is Kendra K. James, 21, of Chesapeake, VA. She was arrested for failing to immediately notify the sheriff’s office of the incident, an ordinance violation punishable by a fine of up to $500.

According to a summary of the incident from the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, James eventually told a sheriff’s investigator that she had accidentally hit a horse with her Jeep Cherokee on March 28. The offense happened near mile post 21 at the North Beach Strand in Carova,N.C.

Based on Jame’s statement she was driving about 20 mph to 25 mph on a foggy beach when a herd of wild horses ran in front of her. She said she tried to avoid the herd but couldn’t because of deep ruts in the sand.

Here is a quick video showing the beauty of these wild horses:

With injuries too severe the horse was euthanized according to the Sheriff’s office. In her own defense, Jame’s told the sheriff’s office that she did not know whom to call about the accident or that she was required to report it.

Unfortunately, this type of event happens all too frequently on the northern beaches of the Outer Banks. In fact, there was a second wild horse that had to be put down after it was hit back on May 23 and there is a reward of up to $3,500 being offered for information leading to an arrest in that incident.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper,Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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