Horse owner charged over car crash

Court House-Sept-2013-06Horse owner Richard James Hayden has been charged with endangering people’s safety by letting a horse roam in Christchurch city on a night when it was hit by a car and killed.

The 46-year-old was granted a registrar’s remand without plea to reappear at the Christchurch District Court on June 10. Hayden, who is listed as having no fixed abode, was remanded on bail.

He is charged with leaving his horse without reasonable excuse in Christchurch city “which in the absence of care was likely to cause injury, with reckless disregard for the safety of others”.

Police allege the horse was running loose on a busy road about 7.45pm on April 7 when it was struck by a car driving down the Brougham Street ramp, near the intersection of Collins Street. A witness told The Press that the horse had been “loose and terrified” at the time of the crash.

The driver, Vaughn Bennet, received minor injuries but his car was a write-off. Police said the horse had to be put down.

Hayden was often seen around Christchurch with two horses. Police said a man had been seen with two horses around Poulson Street, Addington, on the evening of the crash. He was riding one horse and leading the other.


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