Horse's owners in clear

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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The owners of a horse that escaped its paddock and killed a woman when the car she was in struck it will not face charges.

Diana Clair Morton, 56, died instantly after the collision in Prebbleton about 9.45pm on December 5.

Morton was driving home to Lincoln with her husband and the horse was roaming loose on Birchs Rd.

James Morton told The Press there was little warning before the sudden collision.

Animal owners can be prosecuted if negligence can be proven when wandering animals cause damage.

However, The Press understands the owners of the horse will not be charged.

Sergeant Dan Harker, of Rolleston, said police had done a thorough investigation.

The horse was in "a very secure paddock" when it spooked, he said.

It broke through an electric fence and a gate that was wired shut.

"It was well and truly to standard. We don't know why the horse spooked. It had not got out before."

The horse also died in the crash.

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