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Horse struck twice in Shepherdstown

March 05, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

Shepherdstown, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown motorist struck an Arabian horse on W.Va. 45 Monday morning, causing the animal to roll up the front of the car, smash the windshield and crush the top of the car, said police.

It was the second time the horse was struck by a car after it was found wandering in the W.Va. 45 area, said Shepherdstown Police Patrolman Robert Maraugha.

Maraugha said he was traveling on Old Martinsburg Road, which runs parallel to W.Va. 45, when he saw the horse in the road about 7:15 a.m.

The officer was flagged down by a motorist who said he had just struck the horse.

James Allen Davis, 55, of 2008 Willowdale Drive, Shepherdstown, was traveling west on W.Va. 45 near Brown's Tire Towing and Auto Care Center when the horse ran into the side of Davis' 1991 GMC pick-up truck, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, which helped investigate the incident.

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After Maraugha spotted the horse on Old Martinsburg Road, he tried to corral the horse near Potomac Farms Nursery. A group of dogs near the nursery frightened the horse, causing it to run toward W.Va. 45 again, said Maraugha.

The horse ran onto the highway where it was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet car being driven by Judy T. Penwell, 49, said Chief Deputy Jesse Jones.

After crushing the roof of Penwell's car, the horse fell to the pavement, said Maraugha.

"It laid there. I thought the horse was seriously injured at that point," said Maraugha.

When Maraugha approached the horse, it stood up and hobbled away. Security police from Shepherd College responded and helped Maraugha keep the horse contained in a yard between Old Martinsburg Road and W.Va. 45, Maraugha said.

A neighbor who lived next door to the person who was keeping the horse came to the scene and took the horse back to its home, said Maraugha.

The horse was being kept on a piece of property in the Ledge Lowe area, said Maraugha.

The extent of the horse's injuries was unknown, although it appeared to have an injury to its back leg, said Maraugha.

Maraugha said the horse belonged to Jeff Johann of Hedgesville, W.Va., who declined to comment on the incident Monday night.

Davis and Penwell were not injured, said Jones.

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