NORTH FORT MYERS, Fl. - A hit and run of a different kind. When a vehicle slams into a woman riding a horse! Now the horse's owner is determined to find the person who left the animal seriously hurt.
The incident happened at Nalle Road and Henderson Grade in North Fort Myers.
"There was no way he was not going to be hurt with the impact, the sound that I'll never forget," says Cindy Johnson.
The sound of a side view mirror smashing into the side of Cindy Johnson's horse, Sparky.
"It was just the scariest thing I have witnessed," she adds.
Johnson was horseback with five other riders along Nalle Road Monday night when two vehicles came from both directions and then a truck slammed into Sparky.
"There's no reason not to see us, you've got your headlights on, you've got a full moon, you got another car with headlights coming... he never slowed down, we never saw brake lights, never swerved in any way," she adds.
After the crash, Johnson says the driver who hit her horse and the second driver who witnessed it all took off.
"For all they know, they could've killed somebody and they didn't hang around to find out... which upsets me very much because that's just wrong, how do you do that you know how do you do that? Witness vehicle drove away, they never said a word to us or got out. I just don't understand it, they saw it happen and they left," she says.
Sparky needed several stitches and now needs months to recover. And until then, she's on a mission to get more signs like warning drivers about horseback riders and find the driver who left the rear view behind` mirror behind.
when i ride the roads i will be flagging down every car as nicely as i can and tell them the story and tell them to please slow down and scoot over