Horse euthanized after collision with car

COVINGTON -- A horse that was struck by a car on Ga. Highway 212 Saturday afternoon had to be euthanized as a result, according to a report by the Georgia State Patrol. The accident occurred between Butler Bridge Road and Coldwater Drive.

According to the GSP report, the accident occurred at about 3 p.m. when a horse ridden by a 32-year-old Covington man darted into the westbound lane of the highway and was struck by a car. The horse and vehicle were both headed westbound when the crash occurred. The rider of the horse told authorities that the animal apparently got spooked and crossed into the roadway.

"After impact, the horse fell onto the hood, windshield and roof (of the car), ejecting its rider onto the roadway," according to the GSP report.

The car, a Hyundai Azera, traveled more than 200 feet before coming to a stop in the westbound lane of the highway. The horse was also in the westbound lane.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 29-year-old Covington woman, was not injured in the accident. Four passengers in the car -- a 47-year-old man, two boys ages 4 and 7, and a girl age 9 -- were also unharmed. All occupants of the car were wearing seatbelts. The rider of the horse complained of pain in his lower extremities. He was transported by Newton Medical EMS to Clearview Regional Medical Center.

The horse was euthanized at the scene by a law enforcement officer. The animal was removed and buried with the assistance of a neighboring resident.