THE driver of a 4x4 vehicle is being hunted after he or she drove off after startling a horse.
The incident happened on Sunday between 3pm and 3.30pm on the Glen Moore Road, near Tynwald Mills in St John’s.
A horse with mounted rider were walking from the Poortown Road in Peel down the hill. Just before the left turn off at the white bridge to Tynwald Mills, a blue or green 4x4 vehicle sped down in the same direction at such speed that the driver saw the horse and rider only at the last moment and swerved to avoid colliding with them.
A police spokesman said: ‘The speed and sound of the brakes spooked the horse which bolted and slipped on the road, falling. It was nearly hit by this vehicle.
‘The rider ‘ managed to jump off the horse into the hedge otherwise she would have been thrown into the pathway of the vehicle.
‘The horse sustained substantial cuts and injuries to its front legs, also facial injuries.’
Police are requesting information about the vehicle or driver. The driver did not stop and would have seen the horse lying in the road with the rider yet have continued on at speed.
The spokesman added: ‘It is vitally important for all road users to be mindful of their speed and remember to drive or ride in appropriate manner for the conditions, especially in summer when the hedges are thicker and there are more motorbikes, horse riders, cyclists, runners and walkers, possibly with children, on the roads that are more difficult to see.’
Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Constable 273 Lissa Barklie at police headquarters on 631212.
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