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WZZM13 - 12 year old and horse killed in hit and run accident

There are 16 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jul 9, 2007, titled WZZM13 - 12 year old and horse killed in hit and run accident. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

A 12-year-old girl and her horse died after they were struck in a hit-and-run crash in Saginaw County.

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Alex

College Station, TX

#1 Jul 10, 2007
Media isn't releasing information about the perp. Must be an illegal or some other "immigrant."
Cheryl

Novi, MI

#2 Jul 10, 2007
Alex wrote:
Media isn't releasing information about the perp. Must be an illegal or some other "immigrant."
I think it is someone like maybe a teacher or some prominate person of the area..Anyone else there name would be released go figure with Birch Run. They pull alot of bs.
Tammy Bowles

Kalispell, MT

#3 Jul 10, 2007
Alex, what are you a caveman? So if it is a crime then it must be an "immigrant" or maybe it's a "black" dude- right? Unless you are an ancestor of a Chippewa tribe, living on an Indian reservation- shut it- you, too, are an immigrant my friend. It also could have been an underage driver that had to have their parents present, genius- look to your neighbors- he or she took off on "foot".

As for this devastating news of a child killed on a back country road by someone clearly under the influence. I implore the local authorities to stop thinking rural areas do not need the same speed and traffic monitoring that denser cities have. With the escalation of hit and runs and a rampant crystal meth epidemic police should be in the rural areas and properly protecting its citizens.

The mother should not feel guilty, but I applaud her for saying what I would have said myself, "I guess it is my fault for letting her go..."- no ma'am it is not and I am sure she was very good at riding. I do also hope he or she rots in hell. Get you local police to travel those roads- I am from Michigan and I have been to Birch Run many times as a teenager. The police should have been out then and maybe I would not have gotten into to much trouble.

Bless the family that has to live this and curse the person that has done this, but remember to learn from every action. Speak up and speak out.
Lona in WY

United States

#4 Jul 10, 2007
As the mother of a 12year old daughter who rides, I cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak and devistaion. Tear filled prayers and deepest condolances to her family!

This could've happened night or day..some drivers just don't care :(

Drivers, when you see horse along the roadside, please be cautious, slow down, and show some courtesy. Lives could be at stake.
Holly

AOL

#5 Jul 10, 2007
So very sad that yet another horrible, devastating tragedy in Birch Run has happen. Another child's life was taken way to soon by the roads of that place. The curse of Birch Run continues. I am so very sorry for the family of that sweet little girl - your in my prayers.
Cindy

United States

#6 Jul 11, 2007
Clearly under the influence NOT. There were two horses and a bicycle on the dark narrow road at 11:30 at night. Perhaps the driver was trying to avoid the other horse and/or bicyclist.
Deanna

United States

#7 Jul 12, 2007
I have ridden horses on back roads around Ortonville, Goodrich, and some in Lapeer for the past 11 years, and drivers just don't care! They speed past you, they honk their horns and I am sure they think they are funny, but really they are just being dangerous and tehy have no idea what a 1000+ lb animal will do at any given point in time, just as the rider does not. I don't know how many times people have flown by me while riding on the opposite of side of the road, and narrowly missed me and my horse. Last year there was a rider hit in Groveland twp and her horse died, thankfully the rider was ok after some hospital time and recovery time, but what is it going to take to get people to slow down on the roads while passing a horse and rider?? They are pedestrians at that point and are to be treated as pedestrians!! IF anything the drivers should slow down so that the horse doesn't react and cause damage to their car as they pass by. People can be so ignorant.

Why did the person run if not under the influence? Days later the cops can't tell if you were drunk or not, and the consequence of fleeing the scene of an accident is less than the consequence for drunk driving... people are fleeing the scenes more due to the lesser consequence because they are drunk. I think that the consequence for fleeing the scene of an accident should be way stiffer and more punishable than the crime of drunk driving and actually, I think drunk driving consequences need to be increased as well, obviously people don't care if they get caught or hurt others. People need to own up to their actions if they are going to act stupid and put others at harm or kill them. A little boy was critically injured late June after his father who they believe was drunk allowed him to ride in the back of the pickup, and his father crossed the centerline and collided head-on with another car, sending his boy through the back window, the family dog out of the bed of the truck, and the innocent driver of the other car to the hospital in critical condition, and the driver's boy almost died. The driver did die, and if he was drinking, for what, a good time one night? The law enforcement needs to crack down, and keep more patrol cars out on the roads, after all, isn't that what the police are supposed to help with???? More patrol needed for the rural areas in my opinion, help keep the roads safe for all whether its a person walking, a horseback rider, a biker, or another driver driving home from work or whatever. Keeps the idiots that don't need to be on the road off of it, and really punish them to make them think twice, not just a slap on the wrist.
Beth

Plainwell, MI

#8 Jul 12, 2007
Late Saturday night? Was it dark out? What type of lighting/reflectors did she and the horse have on? Even with such things it is still a recipe for disaster if it is dark. It doesn't make it right to hit and run, but when will people realize how dangerous dark roads are?
A loved one

Hartland, MI

#9 Jul 13, 2007
Who cares what time of night or day or any other thing about it? The man still hit her and then HE RAN!!!!! All other circumstances fall to the wayside. The issue is not the "accident." It's the bastard's irresponsibilty and his lack of human decency to check on the condition of this little girl.

Alcohol being a factor makes this even more heinous. The drunk bastard left this child lying for dead in the road, left traumatic children there who witnessed it, left a horse, and even left his car?!?!?!?!? That's unforgivable. He deserves to be jail. This family is destroyed and may never recover.

People need to think about the things that they say out loud. From your mouth to God's ears, may a tragedy never befall you where your actions are questioned.

To the family, my deepest sympathies and love.
AJW

Loves Park, IL

#10 Jul 13, 2007
Cindy wrote:
Clearly under the influence NOT. There were two horses and a bicycle on the dark narrow road at 11:30 at night. Perhaps the driver was trying to avoid the other horse and/or bicyclist.
You must know him? Or you were driving the same road at the same time? How do you know that he was NOT under the influence? Were you in the vehicle? Did you flee too? Did you witness the driver trying to avoid one of the other people? I'm just trying to figure out what happened and how you know.

To the family of the little girl, my deepest sympathies. I too have ridden on the rural roads my entire life. My mother couldn't have kept me off my horses if she'd tried. God Bless You All.
mustang

AOL

#11 Jul 13, 2007
I believe the news said alcohol "may have been a factor". There is no need to condem anyone here.

Those who want to preach GOD to everyone need to practice what they preach.

There is also no excuse for a 12 year old girl to be on the road at 11:30 at night.

Where were the parents?
AJW

Loves Park, IL

#12 Jul 16, 2007
mustang wrote:
I believe the news said alcohol "may have been a factor". There is no need to condem anyone here.
Those who want to preach GOD to everyone need to practice what they preach.
There is also no excuse for a 12 year old girl to be on the road at 11:30 at night.
Where were the parents?
Who was "preaching" GOD??? My "God Bless You" was a token of sympathy and wish for strength to the family and friends of the young girl. As I stated, I was just trying to figure out what happened. I know that news and newspapers get it wrong. And as for your "no need to condemn anyone", it appears that's exactly what you're doing with your "There's no excuse for a twelve year old to be on the road at 11:30 at night" and "where were the parents?" As if it is there fault that someone hit her.
Jess

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Jul 23, 2007
Its summer kids stay out later, if its a nice night for a ride, why not? the only one to blame is the driver that hit that innocent girl.
May God be with her family.
Finally an arrest

Ypsilanti, MI

#14 Sep 20, 2007
To Cindy, the dear person who said alcohol was NOT a factor...have you seen the charges? Maybe you shouldn't talk out of your hindend until you know the facts. I think that he was charged accordingly.
Oh and TWO convictions for driving on a suspended over the past two years, no drivers license, dui...the list keeps going and going. This was NOT a model citizen here.
Anonymous

Bloomington, IN

#15 Jul 26, 2010
I have ridden for 50 yrs. Years ago they showed respect for Horse and Rider. Now they beep the horn, flip you off and act like the south end of a skunk walking north.
Thankfully 5 years ago I moved south. They slow down for you when on horse back and wait for traffic to clear to go around you.
Guess what they do not give you the finger they just wave or sometimes stop to talk to you and ask about the horse.
I hate MI They are without manners, rude, obnious, and act like the south end of a pig walking north.
Sorry for insulting the pig.
I can not wait to get out of the god forbbiden place.
The guy will probably get a little slap and walk!
Desiree

Flint, MI

#16 May 26, 2014
It's sad the news didn't get it all right seems how cops got there around 10 she was hit around 9 may peace be with you now big sister I will always love you and ride on in your honor💜

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