November 12, 2013

UMaine student charged with hitting horse-drawn buggy

An Amish teenager driving the buggy and his horse were uninjured, but the buggy was destroyed.

The Associated Press

EASTON – Police have charged a University of Maine student in a hit-and-run collision involving a car and a horse-drawn buggy in northern Maine.

A horse-drawn buggy was destroyed when it was hit by a car in Easton on Monday.

Courtesy Maine State Police

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A car, which police say was involved in a hit-and-run with a horse-drawn buggy, shows front-end damage.

Courtesy Maine State Police

Troopers said Tuesday that they charged 20-year-old Brandon Clark of Fort Fairfield with leaving the scene of an accident, driving to endanger, failure to maintain control and failure to use caution when passing an animal.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Clark’s car struck the southbound buggy on Route 1A in Easton on Monday afternoon. The buggy was pushed to the side of the road and destroyed.

A 16-year-old boy operating the buggy was thrown off of it, but neither he nor the horse was injured.

The teen is a member of the small Amish community in Easton, which abuts the Canadian border.

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