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No charges filed after wild mare struck, killed by car near Corolla

Posted June 11, 2018 1:34 a.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2018 2:14 p.m. EDT

Wild mare struck, killed by car on North Carolina beach (Credit: Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook)

— No charges will be filed against the driver of a car the struck and killed a wild horse on the Outer Banks, the Currituck County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

News outlets cite a Facebook post from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund that said the mare died Saturday night. The nonprofit said the mare's stallion remained by her side through the night, even after she was covered with a tarp.

"She died instantly, and her stallion stayed over her body all night even after she was covered with a tarp," the Facebook post read. "There are no words to describe the heartbreak and frustration we are feeling this morning. What a senseless loss. Please, please, please pay attention when you are driving on the beach at night. Slow down and expect that a horse could be on the beach or running over the dunes at any given moment. While the speed limit changes based on the presence and proximity of people on the beach, we simply ask that drivers be aware that lower speeds are safer for everyone."

The driver from Virginia Beach, Va., told deputies four to five horses ran across the dune and into the path of the vehicle shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said conditions were foggy with low visibility at the time, and the vehicle was traveling 20 to 25 mph. The speed limit along the beach is 35 mph.