Outer Banks wild horse hit, killed by vehicle: herd manager


A photo shows Rabbit as a foal in 2019. She was hit by a vehicle and killed on Saturday, Jan. 1, according to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

David Dickens/CWHF

A wild horse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks was hit by a vehicle and killed, the herd manager said.

The horse, named Rabbit, was hit around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, after she “galloped down the dunes and directly into the path of the vehicle,” according to a Facebook post from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which protects and manages the Colonial Spanish Mustangs “roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks.”

The driver who hit Rabbit stopped and called 911 and the CWHF, the group wrote.

“After interviewing the driver and witnesses, and performing a breathalyzer, it was determined that this was indeed a devastating accident,” the CWHF wrote.

The CWHF thanked the driver for reporting the accident and cooperating.

“This should serve as a reminder to everyone that the horses are unpredictable and great care should be taken when driving on the beach,” the group wrote on Facebook. “Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and reduce your speed when possible.”

The CWHF wrote that it was “in shock and grieving” over the “tragic news.”

Rabbit was born in 2019, according to the group.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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