A rider is recovering from his injuries after he and his horse were hit by a minivan. According to officials, 27-year-old Samuel Granger II, who was riding his horse, Beau, was hit by a Dodge minivan being driven by Alinda Butz of Jacksonville, when she was driving down Ratliff Road at around 8:00 p.m. Investigators say that Granger’s horse was hit a second time sometime before 9:00 p.m.
Ganger was taken to UF Health Jacksonville to be treated for his injuries. No word has been released on his current condition. Nassau County Road and Bridge Department foreman, Reggie Popham, said his crews were out searching for the horse Sunday night but didn’t find it.
A reporter spotted the dead horse and reported it to authorities. Crews to remove the animal, but by the time they arrived, it is estimated that the dead horse had been on the road for approximately 12 hours.
Investigators found that Butz was at fault in the accident for failing to yield.
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