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Woman charged in wild horse's death

Posted June 19, 2009 4:09 p.m. EDT

— A Virginia woman was charged Friday with injuring a wild horse on North Carolina's Outer Banks in March. The horse, known as T-Rex, later had to be euthanized.

Kendra K. James, 21, of Haven Circle in Chesapeake, Va., was charged with failing to notify the Currituck County Sheriff's Office after injuring a wild horse, which is a violation of a county ordinance and carries a maximum fine of $500.

James was driving on the beach on March 28 when she hit a horse with her Jeep Cherokee, authorities said. She told investigators that the beach was foggy and a herd of horses ran out in front of her vehicle. She said she tried to avoid the herd but hit one of the horses because she couldn't turn fast enough in the soft sand.

James told investigators that she didn't know she was required to notify authorities about the incident.

A $3,500 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in a May 23 incident in which a second wild horse was injured. That horse also had to be euthanized.