A WOMAN and her horse were hit by a car with the driver speeding off without checking if the pair were injured.

Paris Carr, 21, was riding her horse Jasper by the Vange Community Centre when a blue Ford Focus struck them on Saturday, at around 2:30pm.

Miss Carr and her horse were thrown over the bonnet on impact

The car then drove off, speeding down the road while Paris and Jasper lied on the floor in agony.

Paris said: “So I am a carer and normally I work six days a week, and so it is unusual that I have time in the day to ride my horse, and so I decided on Saturday to take Jasper to where my friend lives.

“Everything was great, our horses where loving it, and I was making my way home on Jasper and as I was about to come across the road, this car came flying round out of nowhere, so fast, and hit us.

“Jasper flew over the bonnet and I cam flying off too, everything went black, but I just needed to make sure my horse was ok.

“He is my best friend, and I couldn’t lose him.”

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Both Miss Carr, from Canvey, and her horse suffered injuries, Miss Carr was left with a fractured wrist, broken ribs, and bruising and cuts.

Jasper is now currently on box rest and isn’t allowed to leave the stable.

Miss Carr added: “I am so disappointed how someone could leave us both on the ground screaming and just not even think twice about driving away.

“I hope that they never have to experience something like this as we could have both been killed and it is so traumatising. I hope we can find out who did this.”

A spokesman for Essex Police added: “We were called to reports of a collision involving a car and a horse in Vange.

“It happened in Vange Hill Drive shortly after 2.15pm on Saturday 15 January.

“The rider of the horse, a woman in her 20s, attended hospital for treatment.

“The horse was also injured.

“If you saw anything, have any CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage please contact us.

“If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

“Please quote incident 630 of 15 January.”


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