Car a writeoff after hitting horse

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 05:00 09/04/2014
Vaughn Bennet’s car looks the worse for wear after hitting a horse that was running loose in Brougham St
CRUMPLED: Vaughn Bennet’s car looks the worse for wear after hitting a horse that was running loose in Brougham St

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The driver of a car written off after hitting a horse on a Christchurch street at night wants to know who will be held responsible for the accident.

Vaughn Bennet was driving in Brougham St about 7.45pm on Monday when he hit a horse understood to belong to Richard Hayden and frequently seen around the city.

A police spokesman said a man was seen with two horses - one of which was named Beautifoal - earlier in the evening, in the area around Poulson St, Addington. He was apparently riding one horse and leading the other.

Bennet was driving down the Brougham St ramp, near the intersection of Collins St, when the car in front of him slowed as it reached the 60kmh sign. The next thing Bennet knew he had hit the horse. "I never even got a glimpse of it," he said.

After getting out of the car, he had to ask the woman who had been driving in front of him, "what did I just hit?".

The police spokesman said the horse was put down by police.

He said they were considering whether charges could be laid against the horse's owner.

Bennet wanted to know whose the horses were. "If they are going to be in the town boundaries, they need to be restrained."

He said the accident had put him in "a bit of a predicament" since he needed his car for work.

He said the accident had aggravated an old injury and he was feeling "really sore" yesterday.

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